In two separate incidents yesterday, it looks like the Rangers working for SOS Tartarugas are believed to have some suspicious motives :
1. Neal and Hattie, while innocently doing morning patrol counting tracks and looking for nests were harangued by an Italian gentleman who, despite being shown their uniforms and their official government ID, firmly believed that they were there to steal turtle eggs.
2. During an interview on Radio Cabo Verde Manuel and Aricson were told that many people believed that SOS Tartarugas were only keeping people from taking turtles so that they could have them all to themselves.
Folks! Let me assure you - we only put eggs in safer places for incubation and release them later and the turtles get tagged and returned safe and sound to the sea. Our fridge is not full of turtle meat! Perhaps we have not done as good a PR job as we thought!