For the first time in recorded history, loggerhead sea turtles have chosen to lay their eggs on the beaches near Rome. An endangered species, the turtles have always avoided the stretch of coastline from the port of Civitavecchia to the popular seaside resorts of Cerveteri and Ladispoli, which are inevitably full of people.
The clutch of eggs laid on the beach between the two resorts was immediately put under the protection of the Tartalazio Association, created specially to protect and assist the turtles. Coast guards patrolled the areas to keep the curious away while volunteers moved eggs that were in danger of being swept away by storms and stood guard over them day and night.
The precautions paid off. The eggs laid at the beginning of August hatched at dawn a few days ago and between 30 and 40 tiny turtles made it safely into the sea. This is the third clutch of loggerhead turtles to hatch out in the Lazio region, after those further south of Rome, at the Island of Ventotene and the town of Fondi.
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