19 Aug, 2019 @ 15:46
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Dead turtle trapped in wooden pallet found off Spain’s Costa Blanca

A DEAD turtle has been found trapped inside a wooden pallet off the Costa Blanca.

The creature was discovered off the coast of Granadella beach, in Javea, by jetskiers on Friday morning, August 9.

TRAPPED: The turtle in a wooden pallet off Javea’s Granadella beach

The jetski group, from MAREMOTOsports on Javea’s Arenal, dived into the sea to rip the pallet apart – but the turtle was beyond rescue.

“The tour guide was crying as he tried to save the animal,” Oliver Bittner, who worked for 10 years at MAREMOTOsports, told the Olive Press.

“I’ve been patrolling these seas year after year, but this summer the seas around Javea are in the worst state I’ve ever seen.”

Bittner’s Facebook post of the picture received hundreds of comments and shares.

WORST EVER: Oliver Bittner said Javea’s sea was in the ‘worst state’ he’d ever seen

Bittner, 29, believed the pallet came from a ‘fishing boat’, but he said rubbish in the Mediterranean was becoming an increasing problem.

The now owner of Aloha Beach Javea rental company said he’s seen ‘paint buckets’ and ‘boots’ out at sea, and last year collected 6,000 cigarette butts from the Arenal alone.

He added the situation was dangerous for Javea seas, where ‘sharks’, ‘whales’ and ‘dolphins’ regularly pass by.

“I’ve never seen a dead turtle like that in 15 years of being in Javea,” Marcelo Tedesco, who also works at Aloha Beach Javea, told the Olive Press.

“This is just one dead turtle – but think of all the other animals who’ve died off Javea because of our waste.

“The problem is getting out of control and the saddest part is that this turtle was not to blame for any of it.”

Joshua Parfitt

Joshua James Parfitt is the Costa Blanca correspondent for the Olive Press. He holds a gold-standard NCTJ in multimedia journalism from the award-winning News Associates in Twickenham. His work has been published in the Sunday Times, Esquire, the Mail on Sunday, the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Sun on Sunday, the Mirror, among others. He has appeared on BBC Breakfast to discuss devastating flooding in Spain, as well as making appearances on BBC and LBC radio stations.

Contact me now: [email protected] or call +44 07960046259. Twitter: @jjparfitt

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