Turtle release and Workshops about Wildlife and Marine Litter

December 11, 2018

A loggerhead turtle which lost one of its flippers after getting entangled in marine debris returned to the open sea on Tuesday morning after more than two years of rehabilitation.

Doris was found in a dire state around three kilometres off the Maltese shore in October 2016. She had been caught up in significant amounts of marine debris, with nets having cut off circulation to her left hind flipper.

Vets had to amputate it and Doris spent two years gradually regaining strength and learning to cope without a flipper.

The turtle was released into the sea at Għadira Bay as 150 schoolchildren attended Eco-Schools cheered on. Doris was fitted with a satellite tracker which will allow eNGO Nature Trust to keep tabs on its whereabouts.

Before the actual release students attended various workshops on the beach all related to sustainability, varying from care for wildlife, SDGs, marine litter, waste, the GLOBE programme and various others.

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