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20.12.2013 – Me(h)r Schildkröten

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Eine Meeresreisende

… ist sie, die Unechte Karettschildkröte (Caretta caretta), die wir vor Madeira besonders in den Sommermonaten antreffen. Wenn wir sie hier zu Gesicht bekommen, sind sie schon weit gereist. „Unsere“ Unechten Karettschildkröten kommen entweder von den Kapverdischen Insel oder von der anderen Seite des Atlantiks. Vom dem Golfstrom lassen sie sich gen Osten bringen und nehmen dann den Abzweig „Kanarenstrom“. Und egal, wie weit sie von ihrem Ursprung weg ist, so kehrt sie zu ihrer Eiablage genau an den Strand zurück, wo sie selbst geschlüpft ist. Was für eine Leistung!

Vielen Gefahren ist Schildkröten weltweit ausgesetzt! Ungeschützte Niststrände, Meeresverschmutzung, Verfangen in Plastik Schleppnetzen, Langleinen und weggeworfenen Fischernetzen sind ein Problem.  Vielleicht fressen sie im Meer treibendes Plastik, welche sie mit Quallen, ihrer Beute verwechseln. Meeresschildkröten werden wegen ihrer Eier, ihres Fleisches und ihres Schildplatts gejagt. Oder unfassbar, aber wahr, enden sie in einem kleinen Plastikbeutel als lebendiger Schlüsselanhänger. Letzteres ist der neuste Trend in Peking! Kleine Schildkröten, aber auch Fische und Salamander werden in Verpackungen verschweißt. Darin enthalten ist Sauerstoff und eine bunte Nährstofflösung. Diese Grausamkeit kostet umgerechnet ca. einen Euro. Die Käufer glauben, dass dies Glück bringt. Eher schlechtes Karma! Information hier und was um selber aktiv zu werden hier

Filmempfehlung: „Tortuga- Die unglaubliche Reise Meeresschildkröte“

… und mehr. Es lohnt mich mal im Internet zu surfen.

 A traveller of the Ocean …

… thats what she is, the Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta), which we meet frequently during the summer months around Madeira. If we see them here they are already well-traveled. „Our“ Loggerheads are comming from the Capverde Islands or from the other side of the Atlantik. The gulf stream takes them towards the East and then they turn into the Canary stream. But no matter how far they are from their place of origin they navigate always back to the same beach they hatched and lay their eggs. What a great performance!

Worldwide there are manyfold threats for the sea turtles! Destruction and encroachment of habitat by humans, pollution of the ocean and to get caught up in plastic, trawl nets, longlines and cast away nets is a problem. Sea turtles may mistake the floating plastic for jellyfish, a common food item . They are hunted for their eggs, meat and tortoise shell. Or incomprehensible, but true, they end up in a tiny plastic bag as a living keychain. This is the new trend in China’s Capital, Beijing! Little turtles and even salamander and smalfish are sealed in packages which contain oxygen and a brightly colored broth. The price for this cruelty is the equivalent of slightly more than one euro. The customer believes they bring good luck. Rather bad karma!

Information here and lots of take action possibilities 

Movie recommendation: „Turtle- The incredible journey“ directed by National Geographic Explorer’s Nick Stringer

… and more. Surf in the Internet, it’s worth the effort.

 

Uma viajante no oceano…

… esta é a profissão de uma tartaruga boba (Caretta caretta), quando a encontramos por cá na Madeira ela já tem uma viagem imensa nas suas costas, estas tartarugas vem de Cabo Verde ou então do outro lado do Atlântico. A corrente do Golfo leva as para leste e depois são apanhadas pela corrente das Canárias. O mais impressionante nestes animais é que voltam sempre a praia onde nasceram para por os seus ovos, por muito longe que esta fique, um feito interessante não é?

Mas para estes “bichinhos” existem muitos perigos pelo mundo fora, a poluição e o lixo são um enorme risco para as tartarugas, muitas ingerem plásticos e outras muitas ficam presas em lixo e acabam por morrer. São também “caçadas” pelos seus ovos, carne e carcaça ou então, completamente macabro mas real, são apanhadas e embaladas em pequenos sacos de plástico com algum oxigénio e um liquido colorido para servirem de chaveiro!! O preço desta crueldade ronda 1€ e é comum por estes dias na China, dizem que dá boa sorte, nós por aqui achamos que mais depressa apela a lei do karma!

Mais informação AQUI e oportunidades “Take action” AQUI!

Recomendamos o filme:  „Turtle- The incredible journey“ realizado pelo explorador do National Geographic Nick Stringer

.. e para mais informações procure na net, vale a pena o esforço!

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