Antalya breaks 30-year-old sea turtle nesting record
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Antalya breaks 30-year-old sea turtle nesting record


Çıralı Beach in the southern province of Antalya has broken a 30-year record for sea turtle nesting, marking a significant achievement for the conservation of this species.

The beach, considered one of the top 10 in Europe, has recorded its 153rd nest this season, beating the previous record set in 2018 when the number was 151.

The nesting season for the endangered turtles Caretta caretta and Chelonia mydas, listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), is underway on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. An increase in turtle activity has been observed in Çıralı, one of Turkey’s 22 nesting sites. The record-breaking event was witnessed by volunteers and tourists.

The milestone is part of ongoing conservation and monitoring activities initiated by volunteers in 1994 and strengthened by the establishment of the SS Ulupınar Environmental Protection and Development Cooperative in 2000. This year’s record was achieved thanks to the diligent efforts of volunteers who patrol the beach every night to protect the nests.

At dawn, volunteers opened the first nest, number seven, in the presence of local and international tourists. The discovery of the 153rd nest was soon followed, marking a historic moment for the conservation team.

Veteran volunteer Mustafa Ilgaz expressed his joy at the milestone. “The chicks that we first protected are now returning as mothers to lay eggs. I appeal to everyone to avoid the beach at night and not disturb the nests. Following these rules is the greatest support they can give us,” he said.