16 tur­tle eggs hatch at Għadira bay

Malta Independent - - News -

16 tur­tle eggs have hatched at Għadira Bay in yet more pos­i­tive news on the en­vi­ron­men­tal front, the En­vi­ron­ment and Re­sources Author­ity (ERA) said in a state­ment on Wed­nes­day.

The ERA said that the tur­tle nest at Għadira bay that was recorded in July so far yielded 16 hatch­lings which emerged from their marked nest at around 9.30pm on Tues­day evening, af­ter a suc­cess­ful pe­riod of in­cu­ba­tion.

They said that the nest will be mon­i­tored over the next couple of days as fur­ther hatch­lings are ex­pected to emerge.

The ERA said that vol­un­teers from Na­ture Trust – FEE Malta (NTM) im­me­di­ately in­formed them of the event tak­ing place and took ac­tion on the ground to guide hatch­lings safely to the water’s edge.

Hatch­lings are nat­u­rally at­tracted to moon light shin­ing on the sea sur­face and their first re­sponse, upon emerg­ing from the eggs, is to swim to­wards light. In view of this, ERA said that it has kick­started its planned re­sponse to re­duce dis­tur­bance from ar­ti­fi­cial light or any phys­i­cal bar­ri­ers at the bay so as to en­sure that the hatch­lings’ first jour­ney is a suc­cess­ful one.

ERA would like thanked NTM, the Min­istry for the En­vi­ron­ment, Cli­mate Change and Plan­ning, and all vol­un­teers who con­trib­uted their time to achieve the pro­tec­tion of this nest and the strength­en­ing of the ma­rine bio­di­ver­sity in Malta.

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