Newly Hatched Loggerhead Turtle, Cape Verde [REUTERS 2005-10-28]
REUTERS/Str, Tv correspondent
A newly hatched loggerhead turtle tries to crawl from a scientist's tray in Boa Vista, Cape Verde, September 20, 2005. Around 3,000 loggerhead turtles nest annually in Boa Vista and the neighbouring isle of Sal: the second most important site in the Atlantic. They swim from as far afield as Mauritania and Guinea Bissau before excavating a shallow nest on the beach with their rear flippers to lay around one hundred eggs. But the greatest risk to the turtles -- and other indigenous species on Cape Verde's 10 volcanic islands -- may actually lie with the islands' booming tourist development. Photo taken September 20, 2005. To match feature Capeverde-Turtles.