The collaboration between Acqua dell’Elba and Legambiente’s Tartalove project today has a new mascot, a beautiful loggerhead sea turtle looking for a name! To help you name it, we will tell you its story, which is also about one of the greatest problems these wonderful animals have to face because of pollution.
It was accidentally captured during a trawl-fishing expedition on the high seas around the Gulf of Manfredonia, in that section of the sea the fishermen call “the Masseria”. Giovanni Furii, Head of the CRTM (Centro di Recupero Tartarughe Marine - Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre) tells more: ‘When it was brought into our care, on the quay of the Levante dock, it looked just like any other sea turtle, except for one small detail. Its posture in the water was not optimal: it could not immerse itself properly, always remaining partially in a slanted position.’
Fortunately, already from the second day of the turtle’s stay in the rescue and rehabilitation centre, its conditions improved after the removal of shellfish residue, retained in its intestines because of the ingestion of some plastic bags. These bags also contained pockets of air within the animal’s digestive tract, altering its correct balance whilst immersed.
‘Plastic pollution is truly a huge problem’, explains Stefano Di Marco, director of Legambiente’s Tartalove campaign, ‘which not only threatens the existence of adult animals, but also of their offspring. Just a few weeks ago, we received news of a baby turtle being rescued in precarious conditions along the Sicilian coast. Being just a few centimetres small, initially it was thought to be a hatchling that did not manage to reach the waterline. Actually, after being taken to a rescue and rehabilitation centre, the baby turtle expelled more than 14 different fragments of plastic! It therefore became clear that the baby turtle had indeed managed to swim out to sea, and within just a few days of life in the water, it had already ingested a huge quantity of plastic, which probably led to its return to the beach.’
Our mascot was lucky: within a week of its rescue it started eating autonomously once again, an excellent sign of recovery for its health conditions, and in about two weeks’ time she should be released back to her natural habitat. Of course, we still do not know its name, but that is were you come in.
Write us the name you would like to give to this loggerhead sea turtle within the comments under the posts we will publish in the next few days on our social channels, or in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org: together with our friends at Legambiente’s Tartalove project, we will choose the name which most represents not only the spirit of our partnership, but especially the character and personality shown by this sea turtle during its stay at the Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Centre of Manfredonia.
We would also like to remind you that every purchase of an Isola d’Elba 500ml home fragrance diffuser with the TARTALOVE customisation, until the 31s of December, will actively contribute to this project: Acqua dell’Elba shall in fact devolve to Tartalove 10% of the price of every Isola d’Elba 500ml home fragrance diffuser.
If you would like to contribute further to the safeguard and protection of these wonderful animals, on the website www.tartalove.it you will find other ways to offer concrete support: from the symbolic adoption of a sea turtle to the purchase of gadgets. Thanks to ours and your support, Legambiente will continue to rescue and rehabilitate animals in precarious conditions, protect nesting sites and raise awareness among fishermen about the importance of delivering to rescue and rehabilitation centres those sea turtles they happen to capture accidentally.
Come on then, “our” sea turtle is waiting for a name!