Category Archives: Ocean and Sea

Calafell’s turtle hatchlings enter the sea

Great to hear that many of the sea turtle eggs that made the news earlier this year for being the first recorded nest of the season in the entire Western Mediterranean have hatched and entered the sea.

Since the discovery of the nest the site has had a 24 hour volunteer network taking care of it. Once the notice was received that the volunteers, who were guarding the nest, had seen the first turtles emerge, staff from the CRAM Foundation Clinic and Rescue Area team as well as Elena Abella from the University of Vic (Caretta a la Vista Project) and technicians from the Generalitat de Catalunya traveled to the area.

A total of 44 sea turtles emerged and 34 found their way to the sea whilst 10 were captured and transferred to the facilities of the CRAM Foundation where they will be part of a study project and reared in captivity until they reach the optimum weight for their reintroduction.

The next day the nest site was excavated and 38 undeveloped eggs were found along with one live turtle hatchling that was having difficulty exiting the egg due to a malformed body shell. This individual has also been transferred for hand rearing. 2 other hatchlings were found dead.

Calafell's turtle hatchlings enter the sea
One of the hatchlings that is now part of the captive rearing and re introduction project

When the nest site was discovered earlier this summer 61 eggs were removed for artificial incubation and 30 were found to be fertile. These hatchlings will also be part of the reintroduction program.

See more at the CRAM website here: https://cram.org/nacen-tortugas-nido-calafell/


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Observing fin whales using drones

Fantastic footage observing fin whales using drones off the Catalan coast. These researchers are using drones to film and record behaviour that can’t be observed from the deck of a boat.


The fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), also known as finback whale or common rorqual and formerly known as herring whale or razorback whale, is a cetacean belonging to the parvorder of baleen whales. It is the second-largest species on Earth after the blue whale.

More on their website: https://www.edmaktub.org/en/2016/04/filmed-for-the-first-time-a-fin-whale-eating-on-the-catalan-coast/