A green turtle, one of an endangered species, has been repatriated at Ashtoum al-Gamil Reserve, officials at the Ministry of Environment recently announced.
The turtle had been spotted in a fish shop in Ras al-Bar, Dumyat on the northernmost tip of the eastern branch of the Nile Delta where the river flows into the Mediterranean.
The Environment Ministry was tipped by another fish shop owner who filed a report with the Environment Protection sector of the turtle being in shop, most probably ready for sale. A committee was immediately formed from the Ashtoum al-Gamil Reserve to go save the turtle.
Surprisingly, it turned out that the owner of the shop which kept the turtle was himself a turtle protector and had expansive knowledge about turtles and how to protect them. Once there, the committee discovered that the man has made it his life mission to buy turtles from fishermen and then release them into the Mediterranean to return them to their natural habitat. The committee took the turtle which belongs to a species that is in danger of extinction, to the sea turtle rescue centre of Ashtoum al-Gamil Reserve, to check its condition and its capacity to go back into the wild. Once this is ensured, the green turtle would be given an Egyptian code then released in the Mediterranean.
Ashtoum al-Gamil Reserve is located 7km west of Port Said off the Mediterranean coastal road that snakes along the strip between the sea and Lake Manzala. At the mouth of the Lake is the famed Tanees Island. The area is rich in rare flora and fauna; the flora represented in more than 50 species of plants scattered on the islands within Lake Manzala. As for the fauna Lake Manzala is home to more than 200 species of resident, migratory and rare birds. There is also a large fish population in the lake.
31 January 2024