Thursday, December 10, 2009
More information on Joselito.
I posted on this sea monster Here.
I have some additional information on sea turtles on the southern Buenos Aires sea shore. Yesterday I received my June issue of Aves Argentinas (the journal of the Asociación Ornitológica del Plata), and I was surprised to read an interesting article on sea fauna conservation in which it mentions sightings of dead sea turtles on Buenos Aires' beaches.
The ECOFAM project (Coastal Team of Sea Fauna and Environment Observers) identifies and records the bodies of dead sea animals along the coast in an effort to get a better understanding of the ecosystem. In the area close to Necochea (where Joselito was sighted), between Miramar and Reta, they have identified 3 dead turtles in 2007 and 6 in 2008.
These have been the following:
2 3 Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas)
1 2 Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)
- 1 Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta)
This indicates that these creatures could be mistakenly identified as a "sea serpent" by observers on the beach, who are not used to seeing such animals.
 Tamini, L. and Dellacasa, R., (2008). Conservación de la fauna marina. Un trabajo Conjunto entre cientificos y pobladores. Aves Argentinas. Año XI. 25 - 06-2009. pp. 24.
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