A protected animal species is spreading on the most popular island of the Germans. Attention and caution are expected from holidaymakers.
Palma – Playa de Palma is one of the most popular beaches in Europe. Whether for partying, swimming or just lying in the sun - the beach is a much-visited place. Again and again Germans emigrate to the island, but not all of them stay on Mallorca. But the hustle and bustle on the Playa is not at all conducive to certain creatures. If you spot them, you should even call 112, as shown by a sign on the popular beach. But what is behind it?
Warning sign in Mallorca: "112 SOS Avisa, Call"
If you see this information sign on Mallorca's most famous beach, you will probably be puzzled at first. "112 SOS Avisa, Call" is written at the top of the poster in bold letters, as reported by Express. But if you take a closer look, you can see the warning. This is intended to draw attention to the protection of an endangered species, the loggerhead turtle.
|Population of loggerhead turtle:||Number of reproductive females between 36,000 and 67,000 specimens|
|Life expectancy:||70 to 80 years|
|Weight:||between 90 and 160 kg|
|Size:||between 80 and 100 cm|
|Distribution:||in almost all subtropical and tropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian Ocean and Mediterranean Sea|
"In recent years, egg-laying has increased on the Spanish coasts," the sign reads. Due to climate change, the animals disperse and leave the usual breeding grounds. At night, they come to the beach to lay their eggs in the sand, it continues.
Protection of loggerhead turtle in Mallorca: Do not approach, do not disturb
And also hints on how to deal with the turtles can be found on the poster. Do not disturb the animal, do not approach more than 30 meters, do not block the turtles' return to the sea and, as far as possible, wait for the arrival of experts or local authorities.
Loggerhead turtles are spreading more and more on the Spanish beaches. © IMAGO/G. Lacz
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Injured loggerhead turtles are not uncommon in Mallorca
Again and again, injured loggerhead turtles are found in Mallorca, reports the Mallorca Zeitung. Currently, eight turtles are recovering from their injuries at Palma Aquarium. They will then be released back into the sea.
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