Space to feel biodiversity in Cyprus narrows

Posted on 2013/11/19 by

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Filmed in Green Bay Protaras –

In this video, about two minutes, the young turtle seems to enjoy the surroundings, swimming between seagrass area. However, it is noted that on Sunday, 17/11/2013, divers Protaras contacted Nereus to complain that the same turtle was discovered dead in the sea area of ​​Ayia Napa without its shell.

Note that this turtle seems to have filmed Tuesday, 12/11/2013,

The Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas) is one of two species of sea turtles found in Cyprus (the second is known Loggerheads / Caretta caretta). Both species have been declared by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN – International Union for the Conservation of Nature) as endangered and protected by the Convention of the Council of Europe Convention on Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats Europe (Bern Convention).

Sea turtles, especially the Green turtles are threatened with extinction in the Mediterranean and under national law, European Community directives and international conventions to kill any sea turtle is an offense.

As said in a statement, the remnants of sea turtle found in Ayia Napa by divers, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, a few days after the filmmakers from divers to swim in the nearby area.
Divers discovered the dead turtle immediately called the Port Police. Also, divers informed the competent authorities and other bodies to protect marine turtles.
The Non-Governmental Organization Nereus filed however a complaint “killing Green Turtle to the shell of the animal.”
Nereus requires the competent authorities to impose stringent penalties for killing protected species, and making it the most needed patrol the seas in order to stop the illegal killing of protected animals and damage.

See newsreport in Greek, Politis: Πράσινη χελώνα βρέθηκε νεκρή χωρίς το καβούκι της

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