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Turtles in Bahia

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Loggerhead and Green Sea Turtles return to the coast in this region to lay their eggs on the same beaches where they hatched as tiny, 50 gram babies. Both of these types of turtle are endangered and a program has been created to help maintain the area for future turtle generations.

Bahia is habituated by people as well (and is the site of two large hotels) and during the nesting season between May and September, people have to keep their lights to a minimum, pick up all debris off the beach and keep quiet during the evenings.

Once the eggs have been laid they are dug up and moved to a protected area of beach to make it easier for the hatchlings to dig their way out. Babies are then released in a safe spot and you can cheer them on on their first big journey down the beach. Visitors are encouraged to get involved with the conservation efforts.

Written by  Jodie Kimbah.

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