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Martial Tricotteux, policeman, conducting his daily surveillance patrol on the small island of Juan da Nova (Scattered Islands), also monitoring the turtles' egg-laying on the behalf of KELONIA centre on Reunion Island. Since sea turtles have become a protected species and the trade of their meat and shell has been banned, the “Ferme Corail” in the Reunion Island, specialized in sea turtle farming for human consumption, reinvented itself in 1997 into turtle’s conservation activities. The structure named “KELONIA” grew and is now dedicated to their protection via a health care center that takes in a large number of injured turtles every week in order to heal them and release them in the ocean – after several weeks of treatment in some cases. Kelonia is also trying to put emphasis on the general public’s awareness. That’s why a museum and aquariums with turtles from all around the Reunion seas were created. And, the turtles, which are living within the aquarium, enable the biologists to go further in their studies of those rare species that are difficult to observe in nature. When released, some turtles are thus equipped with Argos beacons thanks to which we can know their movement in the ocean better and so, refine the protection of their natural environment.

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Shooting date : 2015-06-15

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Fait également le suivi des pontes de tortues pour le compte du centre KELONIA a La Reunion. Suite a la mise sous protection des tortues marines et a l'interdiction du commerce de leur viande et de leurs ecailles, la "Ferme Corail" de La Reunion specialisee dans l'elevage de tortues marines destinees a la consommation, s'est reconvertie en 1997 dans la conservation des tortues. Sous le nom de "Kelonia", la structure grandit et est maintenant dediee a leur protection via un centre de soins qui recupere de nombreuses tortues blessees chaque semaine afin de les soigner et de les relacher dans l'ocean apres parfois plusieurs semaines de traitement. D'autre part, Kelonia met l'accent sur la sensibilisation du public : un musee a ete cree, ainsi que des aquariums pour observer les differentes especes de tortues presentes dans les eaux reunionnaises, ainsi que des tortues terrestres presentes sur les iles voisines comme Charlie. Enfin, les tortues du centre permettent a des biologistes d'etudier plus en details ces especes rares et difficiles a observer dans la nature. Lors de leur relacher, certaines tortues sont ainsi equipees de balises Argos, qui permettent de mieux connaître leur deplacements en mer, et affiner la protection de leur milieu naturel.


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