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Turkey beach welcomes endangered sea turtles

Baby sea turtles on a beach in Turkey on 24 August 2018 [Chris McGrath/Getty Images]
Baby sea turtles on a beach in Turkey on 24 August 2018 [Chris McGrath/Getty Images]

Loggerhead sea turtles, also known as Caretta caretta, started laying eggs on the Iztuzu beach in Turkey's western Mugla province, the Environment Ministry said today, Anadolu Agency reports.

"Caretta carettas have started to lay eggs on the Iztuzu beach. The spawning areas on the beach, where around 700 nests have been recorded in the last five years, are taken under protection. The cubs will hatch and meet the sea after about 60 days," the ministry said on Twitter.

Turkey is one of the most important nesting areas for this endangered species. Every year they come to the shore in early summer and lay eggs.

Volunteers guard the beaches along the Mediterranean Sea in Turkey to protect the baby turtles.

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