The Caretta Caretta Turtle
In the beaches of Cilento, Italy, the Caretta caretta sea turtles dig several nests every year and lay their eggs. In particular, they prefer the beaches of Ascea, Caprioli di Pisciotta, Eboli, San Mauro Cilento, Marina di Camerota and Palinuro. The monitoring of the nesting is carried out by volunteers from Enpa (Animal Protection Agency) in collaboration with the Portici Marine Turtle Research Center.
The volunteers protect the Caretta caretta and their nests to avoid them being disturbed or destroyed. To prevent direct disturbance of the nests, these sites are protected with poles and white tape. One of the nests was relocated and made safe by biologists from the A. Dohrn center, by volunteers from NaturArt and Enpa Salerno. The hatching of the nests and the return to sea of the turtles is expected in about 80 days, depending on the temperature of the sand.