57 sea turtles born on Arenys de Mar beach
23 of the newborns entered the sea directly with the rest being taken care of by CRAM Foundation
A total of 57 sea turtles have been born in recent days at a nest located on the beach in Arenys de Mar, 40km north of Barcelona.
Of those, 29 were born between Thursday and Friday, of which 23 moved directly to the water, while the rest, deemed to be in a very immature state, were transported to CRAM (Center for the Recovery of Marine Animals) Foundation facilities to be looked after for a few days before returning to the Mediterranean.
Some of the baby turtles taken in by the CRAM Foundation will form part of their Head-Starting project. They will be raised in captivity until they reach the optimal weight and size for reintroduction into their natural environment, thereby promoting the survival of the species.
This year Catalan beaches have seen a record number of endangered loggerhead sea turtle nests, a phenomenon that appears to be linked to climate change and the warming of traditional reproductive regions.