A beach for turtles | TIME ONLINE

    
                        
                Hotels are forbidden, tourists tolerated: The İztuzu beach in the Turkish southwest since 1988 belongs to the loggerhead turtle. Because animal rights activists pay attention to them.
                        
            
            
            
                    
        

    
        
                                                
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        Turtles nest on Iztuzu beach in Turkey between May and June. In the shelter of darkness, the sea creatures come ashore to lay dozens of eggs.
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        Turtles between the ages of 25 and 30 are fertile. After oviposition, the adult animals go straight back to the sea.
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        The offspring ripens for two months, within a day or two the young animals hatch from their eggs. They stay underground until the night before digging their way to the surface.
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        After the hatchlings hatch, volunteers at the İztuzu beach count the egg shells.
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        Tortoise Relief Center staff not only monitor their stock, they also inspect and treat injured animals.
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        To heal the tank, a turtle gets injected beeswax. A propeller had injured the bone plates.

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        The employees of Dekamer are ready to take care of every turtle that is in distress on the Turkish Mediterranean coast.
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        It takes a lot of sensitivity to medically care for the tender cubs.
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        Finally free: After the medical examination employees of the rescue center dismiss the animals again into the sea.
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        June Haimoff, also known as Captain June, poses in front of her cabin. For the past 30 years, the 95-year-old has been involved in turtle protection.
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        Tourist boats operate on the Dalyan River.
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        The turtle nests on İztuzu Beach are marked with signs and protective nets.
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        Artificial light and the construction of hotels are prohibited on the beach. Tourists are welcome – until the turtles come ashore to lay eggs. Then they too have to give way.
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            Ship bolts, old fishing nets and plastic threaten the life of the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta). At the Iztuzu beach in southwestern Turkey, marine life has been taking refuge for 30 years. As a natural barrier between the freshwater delta of the Dalyan River and the Mediterranean, the narrow promontory is a sought-after breeding ground. Since 1988 there is the protection station Dekamer. Employees monitor nests, count eggs, and feed injured sea turtles before releasing them to freedom.

        
    
                                
            
            
        

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