Sunday, September 26, 2010
I am really happy about the number of turtles that hatched, the success rate of 94% is brilliant. Thank you very much for sending me the photos that you took of the baby turtles, I especially liked the one of the turtles heading towards the sea. I am going to print them and take them in to school to show my friends.
Me and my Mam and Dad think that you and your team are doing a great job in helping the baby turtles.
Libby (aged 6)
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
From September 1, 2010, the two associations will have a camp in Praia Grande with the aim of not only monitoring the species and protecting their nests, but also to raise awareness of the importance of preserving this species.
It is estimated that nowadays only 1% of Cape Verde's turtles are found nesting on São Vicente, a figure much lower than in previous years, highlighting the urgent need for more protection.
This activity is funded by the GEF (Global Environment Facility).
SOS congratulates our colleagues on this action and wish them every success!
Amigos do Calhau
|Hattie releases 43 newly born turtles|
The second one had also hatched the previous night and a surfer called Clovis had found 12 babies at the back of the beach, all were dead from dehydration and exhaustion. Tracing their tracks back, he had opened the nest and found another 35 inside and he immediately put them in the sea. There were 25 unaccounted for and it was clear that none of them had gone the right way, but instead had followed the bright lights of Santa Maria and in particular the new residential zone of Antonio de Sousa.
|A hatch nest with tracks to the sea|
At this time of year we have afternoon patrols to mark and find nests - you can clearly see when a nest has hatched as there will be a mass of little tracks - hopefully going towards the sea. Anyone can join on these patrols, just send an email on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help.