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Sea turtle found inside a summer house in Chelem

by Sofia Navarro
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The nesting season surprised a family residing in a summer house located between Chelem and Chuburná, as an adult hawksbill turtle almost managed to enter the property.

During the morning hours, the visiting family spotted the large turtle, weighing over a hundred kilograms, slowly making its way onto their property. They attempted to persuade it to return to the sea but were unsuccessful.

As a second measure, they notified the Ecological Police, who arrived to find the turtle had already advanced through the backyard and was less than a meter away from entering the house. Appropriate actions were taken.

Before returning the reptile to its habitat, a nest was spotted fifteen meters away from the summer house it had invaded. After confirming that the turtle had completed its nesting process and showed no signs of injury, infection, or harm to its body, it was released back into the sea.

Stimulants were used to encourage the giant turtle to enter the water without causing stress, as its advanced age could have made it succumb to the pressure and the presence of several witnesses who had learned about the incident. It was impossible to prevent them from taking out their phones to document the event.

After approximately an hour, the objective was finally achieved. Information was then shared through the officials of the aforementioned department, as there will be massive arrivals of these animals during the months of July, August, and early September.

It was assured that turtles of this size will not be scarce, so it was requested that if anyone encounters a disoriented specimen, they should not take flash photos or attempt to touch it. Instead, they should call 911 so that ecological police officers can follow the appropriate protocols.

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