"Tales of the Sea" is an exciting marine conservation project that shares our philosophy and collaborative spirit. We've joined it because we're eager to do our bit: it all counts. Because support from everyone, large and small, is key to achieving:
WITH SMALL ACTIONS
Springfield is taking part in the project along with the Oceanogràfic Foundation and the Plastic Free Foundation, with additional collaboration from Jávea Town Council and Aqualung. The aim? To clean up Granadella beach and the seabed in Jávea with the help of volunteers, and then release two turtles - rescued by the Oceanogràfic Conservation programme - back into the wild.
We've called the two turtles Springfield and Reconsider, and they've now recovered and been released into the sea. They're equipped with a GPS device so we can monitor them via a satellite signal, which means we can study their habits in their natural environment.
Through this project we're aiming to raise awareness and make our small contribution to the environment, giving visibility to the work various foundations do to protect our seas and the living beings that inhabit them.
Sea turtles, as well as being incredibly charismatic animals, play a very useful role as an umbrella species in conserving the seas. They're really likeable, and they help nurture environmental awareness. The turtles can grow up to 120 centimetres long and weigh about 160 kilograms, and they can be used as bioindicators, measuring the impact marine waste has on them: they get caught in plastics and drift nets and many have damaged fins which sometimes need to be amputated.
In the last 200 years, hardly any loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta) have nested on the Valencian coastline. They are one of seven sea turtle species considered threatened or vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Spain doesn't just want the animals - found in the Atlantic and eastern Mediterranean areas - to feed in its waters, but also to nest on its coastlines, ensuring the conservation of the species in Spain.
Rafa Fernández is an underwater photographer. He has a double degree specialising in Energy and Industrial Organisation, but he always felt a strong connection to the marine world as a child, and decided to follow in the footsteps of his father who was also an underwater photographer. He is now the world's youngest underwater photography champion.
Gádor Montaner is a young oceanologist specialising in sharks. She graduated in Marine Sciences, has a Master's degree in marine resource management, and is an expert in marine pollution studies and passionate about ocean life. She can't imagine a life without the sea... or scien