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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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Ana makes a lucky escape!

Following much confusion this morning, we took possession of an 80cm female loggerhead. Earlier we believed that we were being handed three yearlings that are being held captive in Calheta Funda (west coast of Sal). This lucky turtle had been captured by a hunter in Feijoal, one of the northern beaches, some time last night. She had been kept upside in his house, presumably, until he was ready to kill and eat her. By good fortune someone called the police who reacted immediately and recovered the turtle at the same time as arresting the man involved. Euclides Gonçalves from the Camara Municipal do Sal tagged her before she was released on Praia Antonio de Sousa in Santa Maria. She was named Ana after Euclides's wife.

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