Welcome to our pick of the news from Fethiye and around Turkey.
Curated from various news sources.
A surprise catch in Fethiye
Newlyweds Lisa and Gary Barton and friends Helen and Gez Bishop had a surprise last week when Gez reeled in a rare sharksucker fish whilst fishing in Fethiye bay.
Lisa and Gary, who own an apartment in Ovacık, were here on a mini-honeymoon and out on a private boat trip when Gez made his catch with some leftover bread from lunch, attracting interest from scuba divers in the bay and an audience from other boats.
It was thought to be a shark at first but turned out to be a sharksucker fish, also known as a remora, which normally only lives in the tropics.
The fish was released safely back into the sea.
Remoras, also called suckerfish, are a family of ray-finned fish in the order of Perciformes. They grow to 7-75 cm in length, and their distinctive first dorsal fins take the form of a modified oval, sucker-like organ with slat-like structures that open and close to create suction and take a firm hold against the skin of larger marine animals. By sliding backward, the remora can increase the suction, or it can release itself by swimming forward. Remoras sometimes attach themselves to small boats.
Konya eyes becoming Turkey’s cycling capital
Bicycles are an inseparable part of daily life in Konya, Turkey’s largest province. The province of more than 2.2 million people is estimated to have more than 800,000 bicycles. With new investments, authorities hope to endear cycling to more residents and bolster the fame of the province as home to one of the longest bicycle lane networks at 550 kilometers (341 miles).
People from all walks of life and of all ages ride bicycles in the province. Konya is uniquely suited to becoming Turkey’s cycling capital as it has no major uphill roads and steep hills unlike other parts of the country.
Local municipalities seek to promote bicycle use by introducing new facilities for cyclists, from trams and overpasses exclusively designated for riders.
The country’s first Olympic velodrome is also being built in Konya. Velodrom, which has a 250-meter track, will be Turkey’s first indoors velodrome.
Turkey to plant 4 million trees in burnt forests of Adana, Osmaniye
As part of the plans for the reforestation of the areas damaged by fires during the summer, 4 million saplings have been made ready for planting by the Adana Regional Directorate of Forestry.
The fires that broke out in July in Adana’s Aladağ, Kozan and Imamoğlu districts and Osmaniye’s Kadirli district, destroyed approximately 5,600 hectares (13,800 acres) of forests.
“We are planning to replant all the burnt areas within a year. It is estimated that 4 million saplings will be planted in the burnt areas,” Adana Regional Directorate of Forestry Director of Plantation Yalçın Serikler said.
The reforestation efforts in the areas will begin after the first rains with the aim to re-green all the burnt areas by next autumn.
Source: Daily Sabah
Turkish lira drops to new all-time low after rates slashed
Turkey’s lira tumbled 1% to a fresh record low on Friday, extending a slide a day earlier when the central bank cut rates by 200 basis points, despite rising inflation, in a shock move derided as reckless by economists and opposition lawmakers.
Under pressure from President Tayyip Erdoğan to ease policy, the bank lowered its repo rate to 16%. That followed a surprise 100-point cut in September, setting Turkey well apart in a world in which most other countries are tightening.
One of the worst performing emerging market currencies in recent years, the lira <TRYTOM=D3> was worth 9.63 to the dollar at 0820 GMT after touching an all-time low of 9.66.
The currency had already slumped 3.4% on Thursday after the surprisingly large rate cut, and has depreciated 23% so far this year – helping to push inflation to near 20% and eroding household incomes.
Thank you to Brian Lloyd for the Fethiyespor updates
Fethiyespor drew their away match against Ceyhanspor on Saturday. The final score was 0-3.
Fethiyespor stay at the top of the league table.
Sunday 31st October at home against Tepecikspor. Kick off is at 14:00.
You can find the schedule for the first half of the season at this link: TFF 3. Lig 3. Grup
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Turkish Lira (TL) exchange rates
The British Pound bought 13.20 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 12.73 TL.
The US Dollar bought 9.60 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 9.26 TL.
The Euro bought 11.17 TL by the close of business on Friday. The week before it was selling for 10.75 TL.
Here’s your weather forecast for the week ahead.
Source: Living Earth
Today’s featured image “Ölüdeniz at the end of the day” by Şefik Akkurt.