SOS Tartarugas works in Cape Verde protecting nesting loggerheads turtles (Caretta caretta) and their habitat. Cape Verde is the third most important nesting area for loggerheads in the world. Turtles are at risk from hunting for meat, stealing of eggs, removal of sand for building and unregulated tourism development. Our email is
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Friday, June 26, 2009

Maggie Marine's incredible journey

Capeverdian Turtle Sends a Message from Senegal

Maggie Marine, a female loggerhead satellite tagged in Boa Vista in August 2006 has just sent a signal almost three years after being released. Maggie's transmitter stopped sending information in December 2006 but now she is back and swimming around off the coast of west Africa. Usually tags fail when the battery runs out or they are dislodged and signals are only expected to continue for a year or so, but Maggie's is still working after 1,036 days. It has been suggested that the salt-water switch that the tag needs to work became jammed and has now worked itself free. Other turtles released at the same time only sent signals for a matter of weeks before their tags failed. Maggie has covered 5,826kms on her incredible journey and since loggerheads nest every two to three years, she may even be seen on one of our beaches this summer.

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