A sea turtle was spotted nesting at the Ramla bay in Gozo on Friday evening at around 10.00. The loggerhead turtle was spotted coming on the bay from the sea at around 10pm and returned to the sea at around 11.30pm.
Nature Trust Malta President, Vince Attard, said that this is the first timed in the past 70 years that a turtle nest has been registered and confirmed in Gozo. The night before, another turtle was reported nesting in Ragusa bay in Sicily.
The last time that turtles nests were recording in Malta was in 2012, 2014 and 2018. In 2018, 111 eggs had hatched from 112.
Environment and Resources Authority was immediately informed to decide on the best way for the nest to be safeguarded without any danger. Nature Trust, together with ERA officers, will be protecting the nest so that eggs will hatch towards the last fifteen days of July.
Nature Trust Malta appealed to the public to keep a distance from the nest and to observe ERA directives.