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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Who is respsonsible for turtles in Sal?

In situ nest number 342 hatched last night on Praia Antonio Sousa. Unfortunately the majority did not make it to the sea. It wasn't a big surprise to find that so many went to the big floodlight in front of Josh Angulo's surf shack.

You can see in the photos tracks leading directly there and then actually coming inside the shack where the windsurf sails are kept. The nest they came from is way off in the distance at the other end of the beach.

We kept some nests on this beach for two reasons - because it is better for the nests and so that everybody could enjoy having and seeing turtles on public beaches. Unfortunately it's something we probably won't be repeating next year.

So, in answer to the question "Who is responsible for turtles in Sal?" the answer is that ALL of us are and those with beachfront properties have extra responsibility.

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