Loggerhead sea turtle rescued from fishing nets in Argentina (VIDEO)

Animal News : Loggerhead sea turtle rescued from fishing nets in Argentina

A loggerhead sea turtle was rescued from fishing nets in Argentina. After rehabilitation for two weeks, the Mundo Marino Foundation released the animal back to the sea on Wednesday on the beaches of San Clemente.

Local fishermen found the turtle while checking their nets in the waters of Samborombón Bay on October 28. The animal had little movement in his fins, and his eyes were closed. Veterinarians checked his blood, took an x-ray and gave him fluid therapy and antibiotics.

Loggerhead sea turtle adults typically weigh around 135 to 160 kilograms. They live in oceans around the world, primarily in tropical regions. The animals migrate long distances between the area where they eat and the beaches where they lay their eggs.

Vulnerable species

Female loggerhead turtles return to the beaches where they were born to lay eggs, a behavior known as natal homing. In the sand, they dig nests and lay clutches of eggs, usually at night. The hatchlings are born after about two months and make their way to the ocean.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists the loggerhead turtle as a vulnerable species. Their survival is threatened by habitat loss, pollution, entanglement in fishing nets, and climate change.

The animals can live up to 50 years or more. However, because of the many challenges they face from when they are eggs until they reach maturity, only a small fraction survive to adulthood.

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