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
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Sunday, December 4, 2011

First cruise ship passengers to visit Sal love turtles!

On Thursday 1 December we were very pleased to be invited to give a lecture on the Island Sky the first cruise ship to dock in Sal since the port at Palmeira was extended.

The small (for a cruise ship anyway) ship, operated by Noble Caledonia has a capacity of only 114 passengers and the majority of the 80 or so on board came to hear about the turtles in Sal.

The presentation covered biology and life cycle, threats to turtles worldwide as well as information about the situation on Sal and the rest of Cape Verde.

The cruise shippers were a wonderful audience, asking lots of great questions and they were obviously moved by the plight of the turtles, with one guest even suggesting that they make a collection to help the cause.
Naturalist Guy, Cruise Director Andrea, the Captain & Emma
It was a great night for our small team that still remains and it was hard to leave the ship as they set sail for the Ascension Islands directly after the talk.  I think we can safely say there are lots more turtle advocates after that night!


  1. I sincerely hope this is the future option to combine tourism with conservation of nature and species, ie. ecotourism!
    Torbjörn Peterson