Wednesday, September 30, 2009
This is Shellie
Shellie was tagged by Stephen and Faye on 25th July 2009 (Tag numbers YYY726 & YYY727) on Costa Fragata where she nested (not in a very good place so the nest was moved trans situ). She was seen three more times in the same area where she nested twice. Then she was brutally killed at Serra Negra on the 28th September. She was quite small so it was probably her first or second nesting season meaning her potential for increasing the turtle population is now lost. It is becoming clear that relatively small size is an indication that not many of Cabo Verde's nesting turtles make it past a third season. Shellie's final nest on Costa Fragata will be hatching soon - we will do our best at least to make sure her hatchlings make it into the sea.