During mid August 2023 a loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) laid a clutch of 69 eggs on a beach in Marbella. This incredible sight was witnessed by a local resident who promptly reported the occurrence to the Andalusia Junta’s special service on 112.
In response, the administration swiftly initiated an effective protocol designed for such occurrences. As part of this protocol, 9 eggs were donated for incubation to the Fuengirola Biopark. Meanwhile, the remaining 60 eggs will remain undisturbed, allowing the natural hatching process to unfold.
It’s worth noting that a similar incident took place along the coast in 2020. During the night of August 3rd to 4th, another turtle laid 72 eggs on Los Boliches beach in Fuengirola. To ensure their safety, 60 of these eggs were relocated to Cabopino Beach due to the threat of nest submersion during high tide. The remaining 12 eggs were transferred to the biopark. Eventually, on September 22nd, 37 baby turtles hatched in Cabopino and were subsequently transported to the Centro de Gestión del Medio Marino (Cegma) in Algesiras. The protection of these eggs involved the dedicated efforts of around 200 volunteers.
As for the 60 eggs currently situated on Marbella’s beach, they have been carefully cordoned off and will be closely monitored by a team of specialists and volunteers.