Turtles in Cofete Beach
On Fuerteventura the Sea Turtles hatch in September and October and are reared in Morro Jable
The loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) is found in all tropical and sub-tropical seas.
The females lay their eggs on the same beach where they themselves hatched
A loggerhead resettlement project has been underway on Fuerteventura since 2005. In the spring of 2009 a further 800 eggs from the world’s third largest loggerhead population (Cape Verde Islands) were taken to Fuerteventura and buried on the beach at Cofete. Without intervention many of the small hatchlings would not survive very long. By rearing them in a nursery their chances of survival are much higher. Female loggerheads always return to the same beach where they hatched to lay the next generation of eggs. They reach sexual maturity at roughly 15 years of age.
When the first small hatchlings appear early in September they are caught and taken to the nursery in the harbour of Morro Jable, where they are reared in bathtubs until they weigh 250 grams. After implanting a microchip the conservationists release them on the beach in Cofete. ROBINSON Clubs Jandia Playa and Esquinzo Playa support this project*.
The project is designed to ensure the resettlement of loggerheads on Fuerteventura. Cofete beach was selected for the project because of the availability of food and access to isolated beaches.
The nursery and breeding station is located in Morro Jable. The station welcomes donations.
Monday – Friday
10:00 – 13:00