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Rescue of a sea turtle that weights 200kg on the Juan de Nova island (Eparses Islands, France) by soldiers from the 2nd Regiment of the Gunner Paratrooper of Tarbes while in a sovereignty mission on the island. They have been helped by the only policeman on the island and were asked by Kelonia to follow the egg-laying of the turtle on the island. A group of soldiers are carrying a green turtle to the sea as it has been caught in the rocks while coming back from egg-laying on the beach. Soldiers are taking over from each other every 45 minutes so the french sovereignty of the island can be guaranteed as it is lusted after by Madagascar. The Eparses Islands give France a 640 000 km2 (whereas it's only 44km2 wide) and an amazing natural and conserving patrimony.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 : 2015-06-24

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Sauvetage effectué par des militaires du 2e Regiment d'artilleurs parachutistes de Tarbes, en mission de souverainete sur l'ile. Aides par l'unique gendarme detache sur l'ile et missionne par KELONIA pour suivre les pontes de tortues sur Juan da Nova, un groupe de militaires transporte avec grandes difficultes une tortue verte vers la mer, alors que celle-ci s'est coincee dans les rochers en remontant pondre en haut d'une plage. Des detachements militaires se relaient tous les 45 jours sur Juan da Nova pour assurer la souverainete francaise sur cette petite ile coralienne deserte de cinq kilometres sur un, convoitee par Madagascar. Pour la France, les Iles Eparses apportent a la fois une immense ZEE de 640 000 Km2 (pour seulement 44 Km2 de terres emergees), ainsi qu'un patrimoine naturel exceptionnel et preserve. 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


Wild animal / Reptile / Tortoise / Turtle / Sea turtle

Environment / Biodiversity management / Species management / Species rescue

Area / Marine area

Individual / Stage of development / Adult

Individual / Person

Enumeration / Group

Carry (to)

World sea and ocean / Indian Ocean

Europe / European Union / France / T.A.A.F

Latin keywords

Eukaryota / Opisthokonta / Metazoa / Bilateria / Coelomata / Deuterostomia / Chordata / Vertebrata / Tetrapoda / Reptilia / Anapsida / Testudines / Cheloniidae

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