InGeNi-CARETTA Research for the management and protection of sea turtle nesting in the Western Mediterranean


The InGeNi-Caretta project, has made it possible to monitor different specimens of loggerhead turtles, all of them females. To achieve this, satellite tagging was used with transmitters to help locate the specimens that have hatched on the Valencian beaches. Concretely, the monitored specimens had a radio transmitter installed in the shell, which did not exceed 1% of the animal’s weight and which allows them to be monitored for approximately a year and a half. This technology plays a fundamental role in locating nests, analyzing the behavior of these reptiles, which travel around 3,000 kilometers annually, and identifying the priority areas for their conservation due to their relevance for the reproduction and feeding of the species.

The InGeNi-Caretta satellite surveillance project is supported by the Biodiversity Foundation of the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO) within the framework of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan (PRTR), funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU.