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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please subscribe to the blog or follow us on Twitter or on our Facebook page to keep up to date.(You can also read this blog in a different language, please use the tool in the sidebar). You can apply to volunteer with us by clicking here.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Would you believe it? Another early hatching nest!
Another nest hatched on Costa Fragata on Monday night - taking us by surprise since we don't usually have baby turtles until the middle of August. If the nest incubated for the usual time this means the turtle nested in late May! A nest already hatched in June in the same area so it is always possible that it was the same early-bird turtle that laid both nests!
The indent is where the nest is
The nest hatched beautifully with every turtle emerging, but tragically EVERY hatchling came straight out of the nest and headed inland towards the lights - the entire nest was lost except for one that the Rangers managed to find exhausted and dehydrated at the back of the beach.
Sadly all the tracks go the wrong way
Even on the east coast, an area with no tourism development, the light pollution can be very bad. This nest was in a zone that is affected by large bright white, very tall security lights on the construction site of Dunas (The Resort Group).
Our beautiful dog, Rasher, the project mascot, was killed with strychnine which was placed close to the hatchery by a department of health worker who states it was requested by the manager of the RIU hotel. This disgusting practice still continues. You can help. Follow this link to join the campaign. http://life-on-sal.blogspot.com/
I am a wildlife film-maker who moved to Sal in 2007. I intended to make a film about the marine life here and in particular, turtles. When all I ever saw was nesting loggerheads cruelly slaughtered on the beach, I co-founded the organisation SOS Tartarugas in 2008. SOS Tartarugas is a non-profit NGO dedicated to the protection of turtles.