Sea turtles are prehistoric reptiles that have inhabited Earth for over 100 million years, playing a vital role in marine ecosystems.
There are currently 7 species of sea turtles that depend on coastal and terrestrial habitats for their life cycle and despite decades of study, many mysteries remain to be unveiled about their ecology and migratory movements.
Human activities have had a devastating impact on the survival of these reptiles, with almost all species classified as “In Danger” by the Red List of the IUCN. These dangers range from the poaching of adults, chicks and eggs to the overexploitation of their populations. They also face habitat loss, death in fishing nets, pollution and climate change that have abnormally altered the ratio between males and females. Sadly, estimates suggest that only 1 in 1000 or 10,000 turtles will survive to adulthood.
Common Sea Turtle
The common turtle (or loggerhead turtle) is the only species of turtle that nests in the Cape Verdean archipelago, with Cape Verde being the second most important region for its nesting in the North Atlantic.About it