Crowds at­tend hatch­ling re­lease as raft race resched­uled for to­mor­row

Cyprus Today - - NEWS - By ANNE CANALP

HIGH winds scup­pered Sunday’s planned Rafts Against Rub­bish race, but the fundraiser or­gan­ised by Karşıyaka Tur­tle Watch (KTW) at Güzelyalı Beach has been resched­uled for to­mor­row.

KTW head Jenny Tyler said: “The ef­fect of a full moon and a to­tal lu­nar eclipse with high winds on the sea meant we had to call it off, but we have four en­tries for to­mor­row, judg­ing is at 10am and the race starts at 10.30am.

“A safety boat will be on standby and we have life jack­ets for ev­ery­one courtesy of Cyprus Ac­tive.”

The an­nual com­pe­ti­tion to make and race a raft made from re­cy­cled rub­bish prom­ises its usual hi­lar­ity and late en­tries, priced at 50TL, will be ac­cepted from teams of over-18s with a des­ig­nated cap­tain who is over 21.

Mean­while the hatch­ling sea­son is reach­ing its peak, with three nests hav­ing been ex­ca­vated on Wed­nes­day.

Marine Tur­tle Con­ser­va­tion Project spon­sors Turk­cell brought droves of vis­i­tors to Ala­gadi to wit­ness a hatch­ling re­lease last week and guided ex­ca­va­tions are on of­fer reg­u­larly this month at Ala­gadi, Güzelyalı and the project’s Karpaz base.

Book­ings to at­tend an ex­ca­va­tion should be made via the So­ci­ety for the Pro­tec­tion of Tur­tles (Spot) web­site or the Karşıyaka Tur­tle Watch so­cial me­dia page where ex­ca­va­tion times are posted on the day. Ala­gadi Beach book­ings may be made by phone, af­ter mid­day, to 0533 872 5350.

Vis­i­tors to Ala­gadi beach wit­ness the Marine Tur­tle Con­ser­va­tion Project’s hatch­ling re­lease

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