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27Jul

We had a big arrival from the sea

On June 29 this Hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) was brought to the JRC from Cieneguita. This turtle was confiscated by the coast guards, who also helped to transport it to the JRC.

It came very weakly and suffers from a harpoon wound in its shell, also it had wounds in its fins due to they tied them together, so it would not be able to move.

The veterinarian team clean it injures and now we are waiting for the wounds to close so it can come back to the sea where it belongs.

Remember hawksbills are critically endangered due mostly to human impact. Hawksbills have been killed within the last hundred years for the tortoiseshell trade. Also, their eggs are still eaten around the world despite the turtle’s international protected status, and they are often killed for their flesh as well.


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