The ‘Green Turtle’ (Kilikya) and ‘Caretta Caretta’ (Korikos) species turtles near extinction, which were found in Mersin, were treated at the Mersin University Sea Turtles Rehabilitation Centre and then brought to SEA LIFE to complete their resting and rehabilitation process where they were healed by our expert team.

The Green Turtle, which averages 230 – 425 kg and is a species that has been living for 110 million years, is on the verge of extinction. Caretta Caretta is another species of sea turtles, which has been around for 106 million years, and due to their spawning areas shrinking as a result of growing human population and other threats from hunting and sea pollution, the continuation of this species is also in danger. These creatures, which have called the world home for over 100 million years have stayed alive until now without any help but now they need our help.

As SEA LIFE we heard the call for help from this old generation

The green turtle called Kilikya was found beached on the Mersin shore with a wound on its head, abdomen and a flipper, had not been able to lay eggs and was very malnourished. With a crisis desk that was established for Kilikya first at the coast guard, then the Regional Directorate of Forestry and Water and then the Mersin University, the rescue process was started and this is how Kilikya’s journey to Istanbul began. The other endangered turtle named Korikos from the Caretta Caretta species had a deep break in its scull, could not dive and could not swim.

We worked very hard on their treatment and succeeded in helping them regain their health

Throughout their treatment both turtles were fed with food supplemented with B group and C group vitamins and they were often exposed to natural sunlight to promote the excretion of vitamin D in the body. X-rays and ultrasounds were taken periodically to monitor the progress. Calcium supplements were added to the Caretta Caretta's food to reinforce the soft bones in its scull and iron capsules were administered to prevent the risk of anemia. In addition to calcium and iron, the chelonia mydas was given a combination of food including broccoli, sweet red pepper and curly seaweed to avoid a single form of nutrition. After being treated and regaining their strength Korikos gained 6 kilos and Kilikya gained 7 kilos.

The Mission to Breed, Rescue and Protect

We released the two turtles we rehabilitated into the sea at the shore of the Mersin Davultepe 100th Year Beach Sea Turtles Rehabilitation Center on April 7, 2015 together with VII. Region Forestry and Water Affairs Director Mr. Etem BOZ, Mersin University Rector Prof.Dr. Ahmet ÇAMSARI, the Greater Mersin City Mayor, Mersin Governor Mr. Özdemir ÇAKACAK and Mersin University Sea Turtles Research and Training Center Director Prof. Dr. Serap Ergene.

We worked together with Mersin University Sea Turtles Research and Training Center Director Prof. Dr. Serap Ergene very hard on turteles' treatment and succeeded in helping them regain their health.

We released the two turtles we rehabilitated into the sea at the shore of the Mersin Davultepe 100th Year Beach Sea Turtles Rehabilitation Center on April 7, 2015.

In order to keep up with the health of these valued creatures we placed a device, which can be tracked by satellite, in the shell of the chelonia mydas species turtle. Thus we will be able to see where it is and how deep it can dive

We worked together with Mersin University Sea Turtles Research and Training Center Director Prof. Dr. Serap Ergene very hard on turteles' treatment and succeeded in helping them regain their health.

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We worked together with Mersin University Sea Turtles Research and Training Center Director Prof. Dr. Serap Ergene very hard on turteles' treatment and succeeded in helping them regain their health.

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We released the two turtles we rehabilitated into the sea at the shore of the Mersin Davultepe 100th Year Beach Sea Turtles Rehabilitation Center on April 7, 2015.

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We released the two turtles we rehabilitated into the sea at the shore of the Mersin Davultepe 100th Year Beach Sea Turtles Rehabilitation Center on April 7, 2015.

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In order to keep up with the health of these valued creatures we placed a device, which can be tracked by satellite, in the shell of the chelonia mydas species turtle. Thus we will be able to see where it is and how deep it can dive

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In order to keep up with the health of these valued creatures we placed a device, which can be tracked by satellite, in the shell of the chelonia mydas species turtle. Thus we will be able to see where it is and how deep it can dive

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