WASHINGTON (CIRCA via STORYFUL) — Two loggerhead turtles were returned to the sea in San Clemente del Tuyú, Argentina, on Thursday following accidental capture in local fishing nets.
Mundo Marino shared images and videos of the turtles’ release on Monday, writing that one of the turtles had originally been rescued in January with a severe infection in its nostril, resulting in an abscess in its upper respiratory tract. The turtle’s rehabilitation process took two months, during which the Marino team regularly cleared the turtle’s nostrils of infectious fluid.
Both released turtles were rescued by local fishermen Roberto Ubieta and Alejo Vera, who work alongside Marino in San Clemente del Tuyú. The fishermen bring any turtles accidentally caught in fishing nets to Marino, and they've rescued 16 in 2019. Marino wrote that 10 of these turtles had defecated ingested ocean plastic during their rehabilitation.
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