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By Reuters Editorial 26 July 2020

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The Sodade Turtle Nursery and Recovery Centre in Spain’s Canary Island of Fuerteventura returned a loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta Caretta) to the Atlantic Ocean on Friday (July 24) after caring for it for three months.

The marine reptile was found tangled in a series of fishing lines on April 25 at Cofete beach, where it was released on Friday afternoon.

The centre’s director Tony Gallardo said waste that ends up in the sea poses a huge threat to wildlife.

Loggerheads live in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans and the Mediterranean Sea. Females have low reproductive rates and lay on average four egg clutches, but then may not lay eggs again for two or three years.

“It is very important what has been done here in Cofete because it is also about increasing the reproductive area of the loggerhead turtle in this part of the Atlantic”, said sea biologist Maria Rodriguez.

By Juan Medina, Elena Rodriguez, Catherine Macdonald

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