Driving on any beach at any time of the year is illegal since it damages the fragile coastal and dune ecosystems. More specifically it causes problems for nesting turtles by destroying nests and compacting the sand and making it impossible for turtles to dig nests. Moreover, it creates ruts that turtle hatchlings cannot find their way out of. Even worse, during hatching season there is a real possibility of killing baby turtles by driving over them.
|Killed by a quad bike driving illegally on a beach|
However it is nothing compared to the wholesale disregard for this law that is happening on Boa Vista. Our colleagues from Turtle Foundation report that "guides serving the Marine Club in Sal Rei drove at least 8 cars through Curral Velho beach, destroying nests on their way to the nearby beach of João Barrosa, ironically to show nesting turtles at night time..." (Read more here)
|Publicity photo from Quadland's website|
Time for a wake up call maybe?
If you go on an excursion please object if you are taken on the beach (there are plenty of routes at the back of the beach) and report the offenders to the police or to Turtle Foundation.