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In six years "Cambeu" project has returned more than 10,000 turtles to the sea

More than 10,000 turtles have been returned to the sea since the Cambeu project went into operation. The project, which aims to conserve and preserve sea turtles, was created six years ago in Lobito municipality.

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The project's main objective is to protect the eggs of sea turtles that spawn on Lobito's beaches. It has already been in operation for six years and will now have the support of the local administration.

According to the creator and coordinator of the project, Deluz Lacor, since it was created the evolution has been remarkable.

"We have registered a great evolution since the creation of the project. We have already released 103 assessed nests with more than 10,000 turtles that have been placed in the sea and we have protected 120 progenitors from poachers," she said, quoted by TPA.

According to the expert, "more or less a thousand baby sea turtles are needed in the water", as there are species that take years to return to the place where they lay their eggs. This is the case with the Olive Tortoise, which takes about 15 to 25 years to return, or the Leatherback Turtle, which takes 20 to 30 years.

Carlos Vasconcelos, Lobito's municipal administrator, warned that people would have to stop eating turtle meat because "otherwise this animal will remain an endangered species".