Fethiye Times News – our pick of what’s been going on in Fethiye and around the region over the last week.

Sea Turtle rescued in Göcek

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Yacht Captain, İlknur Aşar, with the rescued turtle

An injured sea turtle was rescued in Göcek on Saturday. The turtle (approximately 70cm long and 45 kilos in weight) was spotted by yacht captain, İlknur Aşar, whilst moored at Boynuz Bay in Göcek. The turtle’s shell was severely cracked near the tail preventing the turtle from swimming to the seabed to feed. Aşar and a crew member immediately took the zodiac boat to rescue the turtle, which was then delivered to DEKAMER (The Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center) in Dalyan.

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The team from DEKAMER said the injury was most likely to have been caused by a speed boat.

Over 7kg of cannabis seized in drugs operation

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7.4 kilograms of cannabis were seized in Seydikemer in an operation carried out by the Fethiye Fighting Against Narcotics Crime Group on Friday.
An investigation was carried out after the group received reports of drug activity and the haul was uncovered by sniffer dogs, Hera and Oscar.

Two suspects were taken into police custody.

Flights reach a record breaking level at Babadağ

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Paragliding flights from the world famous Babadağ in Ölüdeniz reached a record breaking level over the ten-day Kurban Bayram holiday.

1,838 flights took place, an increase of 20% over the same period last year.

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Visitors flocked from Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, China and South Korea to join the existing holidaymakers and paraglide from one of the 1200, 1700, 1800 and 1900 meter slopes at the summit of Babadağ.

The 270 pilots working in the area were kept busy with 8,473 of the total being tandem flights. The remaining 365 were solo flights.

Back down in Ölüdeniz,  some locals and visitors were not too happy with the camping arrangements!

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First snow of 2017 falls on Kaçkar Mountains in eastern Turkey

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Photo: Anadolu Ajansi

The first snow of the season fell on Friday on the Kaçkar Mountains located near the Black Sea coast in eastern Turkey, while at the other end of the spectrum the southern and western regions of the country brace for another heat wave from Libya.

One of the highest places of Turkey, the Kaçkar welcomed trekkers and villagers with piles of snow on Friday morning after temperatures dropped below seasonal norms in the northern Rize and Artvin provinces.

The plateaus at about 2,700 m (8,858 ft) in elevation were all covered in white, giving tourists visiting the area a visual treat.

In other parts of Turkey, temperatures are expected to increase at least 5-6 degrees in the upcoming week, meteorologists warned.

Experts said autumn this year may be limited to November, with temperatures during September and October reaching summer levels.

Turkish Money

The British Pound bought 4.50 Turkish Lira (TL) by the close of business on Friday.

The week before it was selling for 4.44TL.

Weather Forecast

Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.

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Sources: Daily Sabah/SonDakika