First baby turtles hatched at Alagadi beach!

First baby turtles hatched at Alagadi beach

First baby turtles hatched at Alagadi beach!

Good news! On July 8, the Society for Protection of Turtles (SPOT) announced that the first hatching in 2016 has occurred at Alagadi beach. This is significant because marine turtles are a symbol of Northern Cyprus. The hatching is a major source of joy for the locals.

Earlier, we wrote about SPOT’s and its Marine Turtle Conservation Project’s contribution to preserving marine turtles in Northern Cyprus. Its volunteers have saved thousands of turtles during 30 years of the society’s activity on the island.

Volunteers needed

You can track the news about the hatching on SPOT’s Facebook page. There is more information available on their website. Usually, a day before the hatching, volunteers post announcements on SPOT’s Facebook page. They usually encourage their readers to volunteer. Volunteers generally help the organization deal with the removal of plastic litter on the beach. Plastic litter is one of the biggest threats for young turtles and for many other species. Therefore, SPOT is appealing to would-be volunteers to come to Alagadi beach today, July 11 at 16:00 for cleaning duties.

What kind of turtles live in Northern Cyprus?

First baby turtles hatched at Alagadi beach!

There are two species of marine turtles living in the coastal waters of Northern Cyprus. Both of them are considered endangered species. They are the Green Marine Turtle and the Loggerhead Marine Turtle. These giant turtles can easily grow to about one and a half meters long and weigh about 80 – 200 kilos. The biggest animals reach a length of about two meters and a weight of about 500 kilos – almost the size of a horse!

Marine turtles are migratory animals. They spend most of their life thousands kilometers far from the place they were born. However, they always come back to where they hatched in order to give life to the next generation of turtles. In a bid to track these turtles, scientists have placed satellite transmitters on the turtles. This has enabled scientists to track their migration during their lifetime. Due to this study, we know that 30% of all green turtles and 10% of loggerheads come to Northern Cyprus to lay their eggs. Therefore, Northern Cyprus plays an important role in the preservation of the marine turtles.