Wednesday, 20.02.2019
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Turtle and turnstone bird released
Representatives of the DISA Foundation and the Gran Canara Island Council released two animals on Saturday at Playa Melenara near Telde. First, a Turnstone bird which had been injured and taken to the wildlife sanctuary. The Finnish bird crosses the Canary Islands on its way to South Africa. After its recovery it was released and disappeared into the sky. A loggerhead turtle was then released back into the sea. On December 22 it had been debilitated by whale and dolphin watching excursion boat off the coast of Mogán and had been rescued when seen floating in the water. At the rescue station, the veterinarians found that she was suffering from digestive problems and had a stomach full of plastic.


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11.02.2019 - After surgery to clean her stomach, the animal recovered in the sanctuary and has now been released into the Atlantic Ocean, equipped with a transmitter.  The transmitter provides the scientists with important data about the migration routes of the animals on the one hand and information about the chances of survival of formerly injured and wild specimens on the other.



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