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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Saturday, July 4, 2009

Two turtles saved from drowning in net

Reports from Francesco of Surf Activity the house where the rangers live ( about a turtle in difficulty in the sea on Costa Fragata sent the SOS team running. After battling strong currents and huge surf, two turtles were found completely encased in a fishing net and struggling to move. The turtles, one male and one female, were eventually brought back to shore and cut free. The male still had strength and was released after being tagged but the smaller female was exhausted. It was decided to rest her overnight at Hatchery 2 (near the Sab Sab Hotel) where Josh Angulo ( kindly allows us to use his kiddies swimming pool for this kind of emergency. Debra, named after Francesco's wife, should be strong enough to be released later today.

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