|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.