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CUBA THE 2013 STAR

"Cuba" the Green Sea Turtle

 

The Green Sea Turtle in the Indo-Pacific tank of Livorno Aquarium has a curious story. The male turtle was found on 17 April 2000 by Claudia Gili, at that time veterinary of Acquario di Genova and now Director of Scientific and Veterinary Services of Costa Edutainment S.p.A., inside a cardboard box sent by post.

Only a short mail indicated the date of birth (august 1996) and the origin: Island of Cuba.

Brought to Italy illegally by an unknown tourist and then abandoned, this example of Chelonia mydas was then entrusted to Genoa Aquarium by the CITES Service of the Italian State Forestry Corps.

 

 

Today, “Cuba” has an estimated weight of about 150 kg and is about 150 cm long. Together with the new arrival green turtle "Ari",  "Cuba" plays an important role in the campaign to raise public awareness against the illegal importation of animals.

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Chelonia mydas

A specimen of the Green Sea Turtle can be admired at Livorno Aquarium.

In general, the Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas) can grow to over 125 cm in length and weigh up to 230 kg. The carapace varies from green to black in colour, and the plastron is yellowish.

As with the Loggerhead Sea Turtle, the head, which is up to 15 cm wide, is covered with horny scales. Above all in the United States, the Green Sea Turtle has long been hunted for food, and in some areas its population has declined drastically.

The Green Sea Turtle at Livorno Aquarium is called “Cuba”, and has a curious story. This male turtle was found on 17 April 2000 by Claudia Gili, the Director of scientific and veterinary services of Costa Edutainment SpA, inside a cardboard box sent by post. A short accompanying letter gave only details of the turtle’s date of birth, in August 1996, declaring that it came from the island of Cuba.

Brought to Italy illegally by an unknown tourist and then abandoned, this example of Chelonia mydas was then entrusted to Genoa Aquarium by the CITES Service of the Italian State Forestry Corps, given the close collaboration of the company Costa Edutainment SpA with this government agency.

 


Today, “Cuba” has an estimated weight of about 150 kg and is about 150 cm long, and plays an important role in the campaign to raise public awareness against the illegal importation of animals.

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