This weekend the first loggerhead turtle of the season made her way onto the beach on Sal (Cape Verde) to lay its eggs which will hatch in 55 days.
Cape Verde is believed to be the world’s third most important nesting site for loggerhead turtles with the main nesting areas on Boa Vista, Maio and Sal. Each year from June to November the females come ashore to lay their eggs. After 56-70 days, the hatchlings are born and the survivors roam the oceans until they are mature. After 20-30 years the females will return to their birthplace to lay their eggs and the males may never come ashore again.
The great concern in Cape Verde is the slaughter of turtles at night time and it is believed that without action, marine turtles could be extinct in Cape Verde in as little as 8 years.
In the summer of 2007 two very concerned individuals Juan Blanco and Jacquie Cozens were both appalled at the brutal and blatant slaughter of turtles every night on beaches all over Sal and each was determined to do something about it. They ended up setting up SOS Turtles which patrols the beaches at night and protects the nesting sites as well as providing educational visits to the sites.
Archipelago Choice donates annually to this excellent organisation and we also arrange for our clients to go on visits which in turn helps fund their essential work.