” Green Chelonia mydas, olive ridley Lepidochelys olivacea, leatherbackDermochelys coriacea and loggerhead turtles Caretta caretta were recorded, and nesting of the first three species confirmed during September–March (peaking November–December). Green turtles nested mainly in the south, leatherback turtles in north and central Angola, and olive ridley turtle nesting was widespread. Olive ridley turtle nest density at Palmeirinhas averaged 32 nests km−1. At-sea surveys produced 298 turtle records, with peak occurrence during August. Significant anthropogenic-related mortality (including exploitation of meat and eggs and fishing bycatch) was recorded, in addition to natural predation and other threats ” Jounals.cambridge.org
“Six out of seven varieties of sea turtles located around the world are endangered. Five of those types are found in Angolan waters and at least three are laying their eggs along its southern Atlantic coastline” as Michel Morais, a biologist on the Kitabanga Project program says, Angola is making a huge effort to preserve the turtle species, protecting about 9,000 nests since the project started 13 years ago.
We are grateful to the Kitabanga project and we share a love and respect for the preservation of maritime life in Angola.
“Seis em sete espécies de tartarugas de todo o mundo estão em perigo de extinção. Cinco dessas espécies poderão ser encontradas em águas angolanas, e pelo menos 3 destas 5 deixam os seus ovos ao longo do sul da Costa Atlântica”.Palavras ditas por Michel Morais, o biólogo por detrás do “Kitabanga project”, que sublinha o enorme esforço que Angola faz para preservar as suas tartarugas, protegendo cerca de 9,000 ninhos desde que o mesmo projecto começou.
Estamos gratos pelo “Kitabanga project” e partilhamos todo o amor e respeito pela preservação da vida marinha em Angola.