Luca the loggerhead turtle released back to the sea at Hondoq

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Luca the loggerhead turtle released back to the sea at HondoqIt was a perfect weather for this morning’s release of Luca, the loggerhead turtle, at Hondoq ir-Rummien, Gozo. Watched by large crowds of locals and tourists, Luca made his way down the sand and into the sea.

Nature Trust (Malta) said that Luca is approximately five years old. He was rescued last September in Qawra, with a hook embedded in its throat and line coming out from its rear.

Luca the loggerhead turtle released back to the sea at HondoqVeterinary surgeon Dr Anthony Gruppetta, removed the hook, while the line passed through naturally.

NTM said that following medication and treatment Luca regained his appetite and started eating normally.

Following observation, Luca was cleared by Dr Gruppetta for today’s release, which was attended by the Minister for Gozo Dr Justyne Caruana, the Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture, Fisheries and Animal Rights Clint Camilleri and the Mayor of Qala Paul Buttigieg.

Nature Trust – FEE Malta thanked all its volunteers, as well as the ERA and MSDEC for their support and appealed to the public to contact the organisation on 99 999 505 if they spot a turtle in difficulty.

The organisation said that it is also planning to relaunch its adoption campaign in order to raise funds for medication, equipment, food, etc.

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