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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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!"

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