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Loggerhead turtles released into the sea on Cabopino beach, Marbella

The turtles have been cared for in a marine management centre since they hatched on the Marbella beach more than a year ago after their nest was recued in from the beach in Fuengirola

JOAQUINA DUEÑAS

Around a hundred people congregated on Cabopino beach, Marbella, last Friday to watch the release of 39 loggerhead turtles.

The turtles were rescued in August last year after a nest was found on the beach in Fuengirola. The eggs were transferred to a safer spot on Cabopino beach in Marbella where they were watched over round the clock by some some 220 volunteers from the Produnas association.

Once the turtles hatched they were taken to the Centro de Gestión del the Medio Marino (Cegma) and the Seville aquarium until they reached a sufficient size to be released into the sea.

The mayor of Marbella Ángeles Muñoz took part in the release. She explained that the turtles now weigh between half a kilo and one kilo, which is considered suitable for them to be put back into their natural habitat.

The president of ProDunas Susanne Stamm expressed her satisfaction: "Today we are on Cabopino beach which is where we were last year guarding the nest with 220 volunteers."