Since 2016, when the presence of sea turtle eggs along the Lazio coast was recorded for the first time, the Caretta Caretta nesting sites have increased exponentially. The data from Tarta Lazio, Regional network for the recovery, rescue and management of sea turtles: five years only one nest was found, in 2020 6 were discovered and this year even 10. “The presence of sea turtles in the waters of this area it is not new – declares Nicola Marrone, vicar coordinator of the Tarta Lazio Network – but nesting, on the other hand, is a truly extraordinary fact ”. Both the Tarta Lazio Network and the WWF argue that the main reason for the proliferation of nests on Lazio beaches is linked to the increase in sea water temperatures and therefore is attributable to the global warming of the planet. ”The sea turtles they are leaving the classic sites, those of Greece, Tunisia and Turkey – adds Franca Maragoni, WWF vice president of the Lazio coast – and are moving up along the Mediterranean ”. A alarming signal, according to Nicola Marrone: “The real criticality lies in the timing with which these variations are occurring. The increase in the temperature of the Tyrrhenian Sea, of about 2 degrees, is being recorded in just twenty or thirty years ”. But turtles are not the only proof of the change taking place: “In our seas, alien species are beginning to be found – concludes Franca Maragoni – such as the blue crab, which unfortunately is massacre of our fish fauna“
Some of the images were provided by Matteo Ferretti and Francesca Trenta.
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