The number of loggerhead turtle nests at Çalış Beach has reached 30 so far this season.
Every year, the endangered loggerheads visit the beach to lay their eggs in 50-to-60-centimeter holes they dig themselves. About 50 days later, baby loggerheads head for the sea after hatching.
To avoid problems during the spawning period of the loggerheads, the Sea Turtles Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (DEKAMER) has taken measures to protect the nests and hatchlings, including having young volunteers guard the beach at night.
DEKAMAR’s deputy manager, professor Eyüp Başkale said they started the conservation activities in May. “Our activities start every year with the loggerheads coming ashore to lay eggs,” said Başkale.
“The beaches are crowded at night in Çalış and, since loggerheads are afraid of people, they often return to the sea without spawning. We are trying to prevent this and raise public awareness .”
He said they have been carrying out conservation work on Fethiye beaches for 30 years. Başkale said the temperature was hotter last year and there was a total of 120 nests.
“The weather is cooler this year. This changes the biological clock of the turtles and causes delays in their spawning. We have 30 nests in Fethiye now. We estimate that this number will double or triple by July.”
For more information about the turtle nesting season and how you can you can help to save the turtles, please read our previous article below.
Sources: Daily Sabah/DEKAMER