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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please subscribe to the blog or follow us on Twitter or on our Facebook page to keep up to date.(You can also read this blog in a different language, please use the tool in the sidebar). You can apply to volunteer with us by clicking here.
Monday, April 30, 2012
The turtles are coming!
Loggerhead in Sal (photo Filipa Pires)
Hopefully soon we will start to see an increase in the number of loggerheads arriving in the waters around Cabo Verde. In a 'normal' season loggerheads will migrate from their feeding areas off the west coast of Africa and make their way to the beaches where they were born. Nesting should start sometime in June, but last year we were suprised by one or two turtles that decided to nest in late April/early May. We will be keeping an eye out for these early ones, but in the meantime, as one windsurfer told us recently "suddenly the sea is FULL of turtles!"
Our beautiful dog, Rasher, the project mascot, was killed with strychnine which was placed close to the hatchery by a department of health worker who states it was requested by the manager of the RIU hotel. This disgusting practice still continues. You can help. Follow this link to join the campaign. http://life-on-sal.blogspot.com/
I am a wildlife film-maker who moved to Sal in 2007. I intended to make a film about the marine life here and in particular, turtles. When all I ever saw was nesting loggerheads cruelly slaughtered on the beach, I co-founded the organisation SOS Tartarugas in 2008. SOS Tartarugas is a non-profit NGO dedicated to the protection of turtles.