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injured loggerhead A loggerhead turtle, injured in a boat collision is treated at a rescue centre in Greece.

Dangers at sea

Speedboats used by tourists can be deadly to turtles, particularly in the mating season when males and females spend long periods of time close to the seashore at the surface of the water. The propellers of a speed boat can carve huge ga shes into the carapace of a turtle, causing fatal injuries. In 1993, nine turtles were killed in the bay of Laganas, Zakinthos in Greece. Fortunately speedboats have since been banned from the area.

Turtle friendly tourism

  • The use of speed boats should not be allowed during the breeding season, in areas of high nesting populations, and all boats should have caged propellers.

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WSPA's campaign booklet - Turtle Alert! has been adapted for the WWW by EuroTurtle, which is a Web based project by MEDASSET International (Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles), Exeter University (UK) and the Biology Department of King's College,Taunton, UK. EuroTurtle is Europe's first Sea Turtle Biology & Conservation Web Site for Science and Education.

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