The Italian Coast Guard and a group of volunteers recently helped 26 sea turtles avoid worsening storm conditions near the Italian coast.
The team brought the newly-hatched turtles several kilometres out to sea before releasing them into calmer waters.
Courtesy: Neil Osborne.
Beach erosion is destroying the habitats they depend on to lay their eggs, and warming sea temperatures can change the direction of currents -- putting them at risk of being introduced to new predators.
Stranding -- a phenomenon defined by NOAA as a sea turtle that is either found dead or alive but unable to survive due to an injury or illness, is also becoming more common, and increasingly linked to human-induced activities.
This has led to the establishment of several turtle rescue centres. Italy is home to more than 20 of them.
That didn't happen by chance: With a coastline of about 7,600 km on the Adriatic, Ionian, and Tyrrhenian seas, Italy is a hotspot for turtles of all species that roam the Mediterranean sea.
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