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WATCH: Three Rehabilitated Loggerhead Turtles Released Back In The Sea From Malta’s Golden Bay

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Three rehabilitated loggerhead turtles have been released back into the sea after months of rehabilitation.

The sea turtles, Benjamin, Ġiġa, and Bernice, had been undergoing rehabilitation under the care of Nature Trust – FEE Malta, and have successfully made a full recovery. 

Benjamin was initially rescued back in December 2020 and was found with multiple cuts due to entanglement in marine debris and nets.

Unfortunately, he was found in such a bad state that Dr. Gruppetta had no option but to amputate one of its front flippers.

@lovinmaltaofficial Benjamin, Bernice and Ġiġa got to return to the great outdoors after a year 🥺 Kudos to Nature Trust – and Lottoland! 🐢 #lovinmalta #turtle #malta ♬ BARELY BREATHING – Grant Averill

Bernice, one of the young females, was rescued on 15th August and needed care due to an ingested hook that had to be removed through surgical intervention. 

The third turtle, Ġiġa was also rescued on the same day as Bernice by the AFM and was unable to dive due to heavy ingestion of plastic.

The recovery was also successful thanks to the help of the Environment and Resource Authority (ERA).

On Friday, the three turtles were released back into the sea from the picturesque Golden Bay, a regular egg-laying spot for turtles.

On the same day of the release, Nature Trust launched a partnership with Lottoland, where the company also presented €10,000 donation to support ongoing operations and contribute towards the purchase of more medical equipment for the rehabilitation of injured animals.

Two of the turtles were released back in the sea by Ben Camille and Ira Losco, on behalf of Lottoland Malta.

“Let’s all work together to protect these marine creatures, with our help and consideration, loggerhead turtles can live up to a hundred years!’’ said Camille.

Nature Trust – FEE Malta rescues all protected wildlife including marine turtles, dolphins, hedgehogs and reptiles, and offers care and protection when it is due.

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When Sasha (formerly known as Sasha Tas-Sigar) is not busy writing about environmental injustice, she's probably fighting for women's rights. Follow her at @saaxhaa on Instagram, and send her anything related to the environment, art, and women's rights at [email protected]

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