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, August 24, 2008

Results so far

The most amazing result has been the absence of turtle carapaces this year. Very few have been killed compared to previous years and there is a stunning difference between protected and non-protected beaches.

Total turtle emergences 810
Emergences on protected beaches 702
Emergences non-protected beaches 96
Emergences per day 10.5
Most emergences protected beach (Cotton Bay) 119 activities / 28 nests /5 dead
Most emergences non-protected beach (Mont Leao) 40 activities / 7 nests / 12 dead

Total nests 201
Nests on protected beaches 186
Nests on non protected beaches 15
Nests in situ 91
Nests trans situ (moved to a better place on beach) 29
Nests relocated to hatchery 66
Average eggs in hatchery nests 88.4
Average incubation time in hatchery 62
Hatching success rate 67%

Total dead turtles 34
Dead on protected beaches 19
Ratio of emergences of turtles to number killed on protected beaches 1 in 46
Dead on non protected beaches 15
Ratio of emergences of turtles to number killed on non protected beaches 1 in 6
Turtles saved by Rangers (found before being killed) 18

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