Visit the Sea Turtle-Project 'TAMAR' in Praia do Forte (Bahia-Brazil). A succes-story in saving sea turtles from extinction.
The beaches of Imbassaí (Bahia) are a breeding place for sea turtles. In the beginning of summer, where the beach ends and the dunes begin, the sea turtles dig holes and lay their eggs in the hot sand. The sun does the rest. A couple of weeks later, during the months of January and February lots of tiny turtles can be seen on the beach during the early hours of the day trying to reach the ocean breakers. This is the most critical moment as they are easy pickings for eagles and other birds of prey. You're doing well in helping them.
In order to protect the sea turtles from extinction the TAMAR project was created. The first task was to convince the locals not to eat the turtles' eggs. That campaign was succesful. Another major issue was the light given off from hotels and streetlights etc. too close to the beach. The newly hatched sea turtles move in the opposite direction as they mistake the artificial lights as the rising sun in the ocean. Most of the establishments replaced their lights with turtle friendly illumination. All of this has contributed to a dramatic increase in the number of sea turtles over the past years.
The main body of the TAMAR-project is located in Praia do Forte, about 10 kilometers from our Sitio Imbassai. There are several artificial pools where different types and sizes of sea turtles can be seen, as well as other sea creatures. It's worth making a visit especially for children. The price for a visit is just 8 brazilian real ( 3 euro).