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Sep 7, 2018

Saving Turkey’s turtles from builders and boats

Saving Turkey’s turtles from builders and boats

Inside efforts to preserve the breeding ground of loggerhead turtles at Iztuzu beach, which has become a regional center for turtle conservation and rehabilitation.

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Local cruise boats carry tourists on the Dalyan river from Iztuzu Beach to Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, July 6, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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A sea turtle swims back to the sea following her release after treatment at the Sea Turtle Rescue Center (DEKAMER) as tourists look on at Iztuzu Beach near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, August 25, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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Sea Turtle Rescue Center (DEKAMER) officials inject beeswax into the shell of a sea turtle, injured by a boat propeller, at the centre on Iztuzu Beach near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, July 18, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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A sea turtle under treatment is given an injection by Sea Turtle Rescue Center (DEKAMER) officials at the centre at Iztuzu Beach near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, July 4, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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A sea turtle returns to the sea after laying eggs at Iztuzu Beach near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, July 4, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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A sea turtle swims in the Dalyan river near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, August 2, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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A fish is loaded into a tank from a fishgarth via a pipe on the Dalyan River near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, August 2, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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People bathe in natural hot spring water near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, August 1, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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A man walks on a fishgarth on the Dalyan River near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, July 4, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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A sea turtle under treatment swims in a tank at the Sea Turtle Rescue Center (DEKAMER) at Iztuzu Beach near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, July 5, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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June Haimoff, known as Captain June, poses for a photo in her hut at Iztuzu Beach near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, August 1, 2018. "When I first saw a sea turtle laying eggs, I watched without moving. I remember tears in my eyes," Haimoff said. "From that day I started to collect any kind of information about them that I could." UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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Ayfer Sirin, a researcher from the Sea Turtle Rescue Center (DEKAMER) and volunteers mark a nest to protect eggs from tourists visiting the scene at Iztuzu Beach near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, July 4, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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Professor Yakup Kaska puts a sea turtle back into her open-sea cage after a medical check at the Sea Turtle Rescue Center (DEKAMER) off the shore of Iztuzu Beach near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, August 25, 2018. Kaska, group president of the Sea Turtle Rescue Center, who first volunteered at Iztuzu in the early days of the conservation project, says the main threats the turtles face are getting struck by boat propellers, swallowing or getting tangled in fishing lines, and eating clear plastic items which they mistake for jellyfish. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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Sea turtle eggs are counted by volunteers from the Sea Turtle Rescue Center (DEKAMER) at Iztuzu Beach near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, July 5, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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A sea turtle lays her eggs at Iztuzu Beach near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, July 4, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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Sea turtle eggs which will be transferred to a safer part of the beach are seen in an open nest at Iztuzu Beach near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, July 4, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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A baby sea turtle crawls to the sea at Iztuzu Beach near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, July 17, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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Sea Turtle Rescue Center (DEKAMER) officials inject beeswax into the shell of a sea turtle which was injured by a boat propeller, at their center at Iztuzu Beach near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, July 18, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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Professor Yakup Kaska dresses a wound on a baby sea turtle at Sea Turtle Rescue Center (DEKAMER) at Iztuzu Beach near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, August 25, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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Baby sea turtles crawl to the sea at Iztuzu Beach near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, July 17, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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Baby sea turtles crawl to the sea following their release after treatment at the Sea Turtle Rescue Center (DEKAMER) at Iztuzu Beach near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, August 25, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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A sea turtle returns to the sea after laying eggs at Iztuzu Beach near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, July 4, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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Sea turtle eggs which will be transferred to a safer part of the beach are seen in a basket at Iztuzu Beach near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, July 4, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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A tourist walks past sea turtle nests marked for protection at Iztuzu Beach near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, July 18, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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An injured sea turtle is examined by Sea Turtle Rescue Center (DEKAMER) officials upon her arrival to the centre at Iztuzu Beach near Dalyan in Mugla province, Turkey, July 18, 2018. UMIT BEKTAS/REUTERS

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