One Hundred Year Old Turtle Washed Ashore, Swiftly Rescued

By , 11 Jan 2017, 11:23 AM Lifestyle
One Hundred Year Old Turtle Washed Ashore, Swiftly Rescued Source: Stock Free

Share this:

A loggerhead sea turtle, a true giant among Adriatic sea turtles, was washed ashore by strong Bura winds between Karin and Pridraga near Novigrad below Velebit mountain

Although stranded, the giant was alive and well, while veterinarian Marino Mirčeta soon established its age at over a hundred years, Slobodna Dalmacija reported on January 9, 2017.

“The sea often beaches such sea turtles and I take care of them, they are endangered, but never in my life have I ever seen such a large loggerhead sea turtle. We simply didn’t have a bin large enough for her, nor could I have taken it to the clinic as it wouldn’t fit through the door. Eight men were necessary to lift it up and bring it to my backyard,” said Mirčeta, stating the turtle was unharmed.

“My task was to medically care for it until experts arrived from Pula, who will transport it to their Centre for Endangered Animal Species. I found some injuries on it, bite marks on the shell, but they are at least ten years old. The animal needed to get warm, but no injuries despite the ordeal it went through,” explained the vet.

The experts arriving from Pula also had no bin large enough, but a van in which the back section is waterproof, like a pool.

The loggerhead sea turtle, named Melita by Mirčeta, was transported to safety, in the hands of experts and to a space large enough for its imposing size and with enough comfort for her age.

See the video from Croatian Television:

From Croatia with Madness

Croatia Traffic Info

  • At the moment there are no serious traffic delays in the country. Occasional hold-ups are possible in the areas of roadworks and along the Adriatic costal road. Traffic is heavy on most of the roads leading towards the coast and towards the interior of the country, especially on the motorways (A1 Zagreb-Split-Ploče, A2 Zagreb-Macelj, A3 Bregana-Lipovac and A6 Rijeka-Zagreb), on the roads in Istria, on the Rijeka and Zagreb bypass roads, on the state road Karlovac-Knin-Sinj, on some sections of the Adriatic coastal road (Omiš-Split!), on the island of Krk and on the Krk bridge, in most of the ferry ports and at most of the border crossings. Sections of the roads closed due to roadworks: -the DC29 from Novi Golubovec (DC29, DC35) -the DC502 Smilčić-Pridraga state road -ŽC5042 Višnjan-Tićan. Traffic is regulated by traffic signals/one road lane is free only: -on the DC1 state road in Knin, on the section Sučević-Otrić in Otrić -on the state road DC2 in Vukovar, (Kudeljarska and Priljevo street) -on the state road DC66 Pula- Raša bridge -on the state road DC206 Valentinovo-Petrovsko. With the sunny and dry weather, more and more cyclists and motorists are on the roads. Other vehicles (such as cars or trucks) should look carefully for bicyclists before turning left or right, merging into bicycle lanes and opening doors next to moving traffic. Check your mirrors and be aware of blind spots before turning. While at a stop sign or red light, make a complete stop in order to let bikers pass, and check for unseen riders. Respect the right of way of bicyclists because they are entitled to share the road with you. Cyclists are not immune to traffic violations: pay attention to red lights and practice arm signaling!
    Read more
  • Due to heavy traffic during the tourist season longer wait times are possible on most border crossings with Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Montenegro.
    Read more
  • All ferries and catamarans are operating according to schedule.
    Read more

Interview of the week

Photo galleries and videos