Two more green turtles (Chelonia mydas), “Aphrodite” and “Anastasia”, recently returned back to their natural environment, after extensive treatment, the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research (TATHE) of the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development announced on Wednesday and Environment.
A statement from the Department states that the two turtles, which were found in August after being hit by a propeller, one in Protaras and the other in Poli Chrysochous, were taken to a beach in Meneou on November 11 for their release back into their natural environment.
“Aphrodite”, a medium-sized juvenile green turtle (49cm long x 45.5cm wide) weighing 14.4kg, was reported to have been found by diving schools in Protaras and had been hit by a boat propeller. It was transferred on August 25, 2022 to the Cyprus Marine Aquaculture Research Center (CMRCA) which is located in Larnaca Maneu, part of which also functions as a Center for the Provision of First Aid, Treatment and Rehabilitation of Sea Turtles, it is added.
“Aphrodite” underwent surgery by a veterinarian to repair her wound and after extensive treatment for over two months at the EKTHIK, the turtle has recovered,” it states.
The ” Anastasia”, a large adult green turtle (92cm long x 85cm wide) weighing around 90-100kg, had been found by TATHE park rangers on a beach in Poli Chrysochous and had also been hit by a boat propeller.
He was transferred on August 28, 2022 to the Cyprus Marine Aquaculture Research Center, where he received extensive treatment for over two months, also recovering, according to the statement.
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< p>It is noted that, after being tested for their ability to swim, dive and feed on their own, the two turtles were taken to a beach in Meneu on November 11, 2022 for release back into their natural environment.
The app euthanasia of both turtles “was crowned with success”, since both “Aphrodite” and “Anastasia” have now returned healthy to the sea, where they belong, the announcement concludes.