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LET'S HELP THE CRTM SAVE AS MANY MARINE TURTLES AS POSSIBLE!

 
The activities of the CRTM - Sea Turtle Rescue Center mainly involve the recovery and care of injured specimens, as well as the identification, protection, and monitoring of their nests on our beaches. In addition to their commitment, which is entirely voluntary and free, it is necessary to purchase fish to feed the animals under care, salt, medicines, equipment, and much more.


WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP CRTM?


DONATIONS

With a small donation, you too can make a difference by contributing to the rescue of sea turtles in Salento. You can leave your coins or banknotes at the collection points in the Resort.

ECOKIDS AND TARTAFRIENDS MERCHANDISING

All proceeds from the sales of the mascot Sandy plush toys, EcoKids t-shirts, backpacks, and caps, as well as the t-shirts with the TartaFriends logo, will be donated to CRTM.

JOIN OUR WEEKLY MEETINGS WITH CRTM

Learn how to identify new nests and about the life and conservation of turtles. We consider ourselves privileged to help protect these magnificent animals, but with the right attention, anyone can get involved and make a small gesture to change a highly compromised situation.

 

SEA TURTLES IN SALENTO


Sea turtles are found in temperate and tropical waters worldwide. The species that are found in the Mediterranean, are considered endangered. The most common species, Caretta caretta, is identified as a priority species in European directives and is classified as vulnerable on their Red List.

Salento, the province of Lecce in particular, has hosted many nests of Caretta caretta over the years. In 2018 and 2019, there were 15 confirmed nesting cases, one of which occurred on our beach. We protected and monitored it with the CRTM until the hatching of the eggs. Many sea turtles return to nest on our coastline, where they were likely born, because they continue to find a healthy ecosystem.

THE HATCHING OF THE EGGS AT VIVOSA IN 2020
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THE SEA TURTLE RESCUE CENTER

The Sea Turtle Rescue Center (CRTM) represents a reference point today for the study, conservation, and monitoring of marine turtles in the Salento seas. Its main goal is to intervene promptly to rescue turtles in distress until the staff members take over and deliver the animal to the CRTM. Furthermore, the CRTM headquarters is equipped with technical instruments, recovery areas, and highly specialized personnel to accommodate the found specimens, provide appropriate housing in tanks, and conduct initial veterinary examinations. This includes evaluating the diagnosis, establishing suitable therapy for recovery, performing surgery within the CRTM's level of expertise and the attached clinic, and facilitating the reintroduction of the turtles into the sea.

The high level of efficiency of the CRTM has already received extensive recognition and achieved significant results at the local and national levels. The continuous monitoring, along with the established relationships with numerous fishermen, citizens, and docks, has yielded satisfying outcomes, allowing the rescue of specimens that would otherwise face certain death.

During its over thirty years of activity, the Sea Turtle Rescue Center has successfully returned approximately a thousand sea turtle specimens to their natural habitat and facilitated the birth and reaching of the sea for an equal number of hatchlings.

Currently, the CRTM hosts an average of forty turtles per year, but much more can be done by educating more people about proper recovery procedures, sightings, and allocating funds for new equipment and qualified personnel.

The established relationship with numerous fishermen, citizens, and docks has allowed for the rescue of specimens that would otherwise face certain death. Active involvement, not only financial, means having more eyes on the territory and, above all, reliable collaborators to count on.

 THE RELEASE OF A TURTLE AFTER REHABILITATION

EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITIES