A part of the exhibition is dedicated to the world of the Loggerhead sea turtle
Of the eight species of sea turtles present in nature, only three species live in the Mediterranean Sea. One of the most common of these species is the Loggerhead sea turtle, which is largely found in the eastern basin of the Mediterranean. In fact, it reproduces along the Greek, Turkish, Libyan and Cypriot coasts. Adult specimens can grow up to 1,5 metres long and can weigh as much as 70-80 kilograms. This turtle is carnivorous and feeds mainly on fish while in shallow waters it feeds on molluscs and shellfish.
Some interesting facts about the Loggerhead sea turtle Caretta caretta
The Cala Gonone aquarium hosts a blind sea turtle found beached in Sicily in 2011 (in the Ragusa area). It came into our care by way of the Ministry of Environment and Conservation in October 2014.
During the first year, the turtle lived in a small tank in order to allow our staff to feed it and to facilitate veterinary visits.
The turtle was trained to associate feeding times with a sound stimulus (the chant of a Right whale) emitted in the water by way of an underwater speaker. The same type of speaker is used by synchronised swimmers. This allowed the subsequent transfer of the turtle into the Great Pelagic tank found in Cala Gonone’s aquarium (350,000 litres of water) and where the turtle today swims alongside sharks, stingrays and kingfish.
Turtles are slow moving reptiles, and subsequently so is the capture of their prey. For this reason, it feeds on sea urchins, crab, jellyfish, soft coral and everything that floats in the sea. Some marine studies suggest that sea turtles mistake plastic bags, left at sea, for jellyfish. For this reason it is our duty never to throw away anything into the environment!