Source : Observador
A small island of Poilão in the Bijagos archipelago, just over two square kilometers, is the sanctuary of green turtles, olive, scales, leather and loggerhead.
Five of the world’s seven sea turtle species spawn on the island of Poilão in southern Guinea-Bissau, the coordinator of the biodiversity department of the Institute for Biodiversity and Protected Areas (IBAP) told Lusa. According to Aissa Regalla, a small island of Poilão is the “third most important place in the world and the first in Africa” for spawning green turtles, one of the most iconic subspecies of animals, after Costa Rica and Ascension Island, a small British territory in the south Atlantic.
Between August and November, an island of Poilão will be the center of scientific research on the life and dynamics of more than 21,000 sea turtles that are available, reaching every corner of the world.
Scientists and researchers from ISPA – University Institute of Psychological, Social and Life Sciences (Faculty of Sciences of Lisbon) and University of Exeter (England), with funding from the MAVA Foundation, participating in the 14th turtle testing campaign in Poilão, to, among other things, “to determine exactly” where it will be stopped after leaving Guinea-Bissau, he said. “For the first time, satellite-monitored devices will be used on turtles to track their movement,” said Aissa Regalla.
Who knows that Guinea-Bissau accepts five of the seven species of sea turtle in the world. A small island of Poilão in the Bijagos archipelago, just over two square kilometers, is the sanctuary of green turtles, olive, scales, leather and loggerhead. They do not exist in Guinea-Bissau as kemp and natator depressus turtles.
Some studies already carried out in previous campaigns have shown that each night, between August and November, the number of inhabitants of 700 turtles reaches about 700 turtles, each animal pays 150 eggs, of which only five percent of the young arrive. to adulthood.