The turtles – as all the Reptilians – don’t have any natural mechanism to warm their blood, so they are always dependent on an outside energy source. Floating near the Ocean’s surface allows sea turtles to rest, warm their bloods under the sun rays… and perhaps have one shell cleaning session done by the fishes!
Many times, we can observe them in this ‘leisure’ activity… but this one was struggling to remain floating at surface. Although every wild animal has its own weight and importance in the natural cycle of predation… Loggerhead sea turtles are nowadays considered, by the IUCN, a vulnerable species!
So, after observing it fighting to maintain its equilibrium and positive buoyancy for a while, we decided it would be better to bring it with us and delivery it at Faial’s rehabilitation centre for marine turtles, under COSTA project (consolidating sea turtle conservation in the Azores).
Our crew worked in collaboration with Aquaçores and Sea Turtles in the Azores to save this beautiful animal. After all the tests and protocols followed by these professionals, the turtle got strong again and is already back in the Ocean, hopefully to live for much more years and complete its life cycle!