On July 1, members of the Doñana Biological Station Natural Process Monitoring Team collaborated, together with environmental agents and technicians from the Doñana Natural Area and a team from the Underwater Rescue Unit of Fire Service of Huelva, in the rescue of a specimen of the leatherback turtle (a species classified as Vulnerable worldwide), which was entangled in minor fishing gear in the Protection Area of the Coastal Sea.
The veterinarians of the Junta de Andalucía emergengy program against stranding of marine mammals and sea turtles detremined that the health condition of the animal seemed satisfactory. Its total length was 164 cm, while the largest of all sea turtles, usually measure between 180-220 cm, with a weight range from 250 to 700 kilos.
Once the condition of the turtle was evaluated, It was transferred to the Andalusian Marine Environment Management Center (CEGMA) in Algeciras, to receive all necessary care for its proper recovery and subsequent release in its natural environment.
Unfortunately, despite all the efforts made and the health care received, the specimen died. Once the autopsy is performed, more information will be available.