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SEA CREATURES ALIVE

DECEMBER 2020 – OUR LITTLE TURTLES ARE ALREADY 3 MONTHS OLD

Thanks to the good relationship with the Andalusian Government (Junta de Andalucía) and the CEGMA in Algeciras we can take part virtually in the fantastic development of the 49 little turtles – it’s clear that they love their aquatic world.

It is a pleasure to be able to watch them playing, how they want to snatch the food from their baby brother’s mouth, how they paddle with those little legs and see how fast they can move!

It is a real joy to observe all this. We are envious – in a nice way! – of the two members of the volunteer team who looked after the nest in Cabopino. They are helping these little guys get bigger every day so that we will be able to see them head out to sea in September 2021, if everything goes according to plan.

17TH AUGUST 2011

RELEASE OF 5 TURTLES “BOBA” (Caretta caretta)

Although a flipper had to be amputated by biologists in the CREMA-Aula del Mar, Málaga, this turtle will not be prevented from thriving in its natural habitat, the sea, after the release with other 4 turtles “Boba”.

23RD JULY 2010

HAPPY END! THE SEA TURTLE “ADELFA” HAS BEEN FREED

36º38.3702’N – 004º23.9557’W

We would like to thank the veterinaries team for the painstaking intensive care extended to “our” Adelfa, which, thanks to the care received during these long 4 years, has grown new plastron.
With a lovely weight of 76kg (4 years ago she was barely 32kg), she has found again the way to her natural habitat – the sea.

This important event, the leading of “Adelfa” and other 4 sea turtles to their freedom, has been attended both by the Minister of the Environment of the Andalusian Government, Mr. José Juan Díaz Trillo and the directors and veterinarians of the Aula del Mar, as also members of our Association Pro Dunas.
TV cameras and the press have been attending this event at sea.

7TH FEBRUARY 2008

First aid

RESCUE OF A YOUNG DOLPHIN

El varamiento del jóven Delphin vivo de la familia Listado (Stenella coeruleoalba) en la playa de Calahonda (Mijas) nos llevó al lugar

The stranding of a young, live dolphin of the Listado family (Stenella coeruleoalba) on the beach in Calahonda (Mijas).

Volunteers from our Association, together with veterinarians and biologists from CREMA and an EGMASA technician turned up at the site of the beaching. The dolphin displayed good vital signs so a comprehensive examination was carried out with the following results: it was 120 cm long, presumably male, with some fungal infection on the tail, and on the dorsal and pectoral fins and possibly a fractured upper jaw. The dolphin was taken to the CREMA Recovery Centre so the developments could be monitored closely.

Transportation by CREMA to the Aula del Mar

19TH JANUARY 2007

A LIVE SEA TURTLE WAS FOUND

A live,  5 to 8 years old  “boba” turtle was recovered from Puerto Banús. It was taken to the Aula del Mar-CREMA facilities for a check-up and after its has recovered  it is expected to be returned to the sea.

SEPTEMBER 2006

OCEAN SUNFISH (Mola mola)

We have been called out to Funny Beach Marbella to rescue a beached Pez Luna.
We found the fish in serious difficulties, trapped between the beach and sandbank along this beach.
We managed to return him to the sea and he swam away directly.
We are hopeful that he will survive.

AUGUST 2006

“MIGUELITO”, THE DOLPHIN ADOPTED BY PRO DUNAS

The dolphin “Miguelito” (Delphinus Delphi) has a very definite character and a strong willed personality. By means of trial and error we learned that “Miguelito” prefers to take his food from a man’s hand and be stroked by that of a woman! “Miguelito” is a very beautiful young male.

“Miguelito’s” recovery is so favourable that after 3 months in the Aula del Mar, Malaga (CREMA), the plan is to return him to the sea, hoping that he will be received into a pod of the dolphins established here on this coast.

AUGUST 2006

“PEDRITO”, A SEAL ADOPTED BY PRO DUNAS

Three hooded seals (Cystophora cristata) have been taken to the Aula del Mar in Malaga – (CREMA).

Should they survive, releasing them back into the sea where they were found is being studied or if it is considered more appropriate, they could be reintroduce into the South/North Atlantic, because these seals usually live in colder waters.

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Asociación ProDunas Marbella

The Association works tirelessly for the defence and preservation of the unique ecosystems that survive in the natural sand dune environments in the Province of Málaga; promotes the protection of native flora and small wildlife; promotes recovery, rehabilitation and conservation of interesting biodiversity of sand dunes areas in the municipality of Marbella.