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Activists sound alarm over loose dogs killing endangered turtles in French Guyana

Activists sound alarm over loose dogs killing endangered turtles in French Guyana

Issued on: 01/07/2022 – 17:06Modified: 04/07/2022 – 11:47

Thirteen endangered sea turtles have been found dead on a beach where they come to lay their eggs in Rémire-Montjoly, French Guyana in just over a month. The animals were all killed by dogs who were not being monitored by their owners. A local organisation has raised the alarm about these attacks on endangered turtles, which have increased in frequency, and says the authorities need to do more.

A local organisation called Kwata first raised the alarm on May 23 after a dead turtle was discovered on a small beach in Rémire-Montjoly. 

Rémire-Montjoly is a suburb of Cayenne, in French Guyana, an overseas department of France that is located to the north of Brazil. The Kwata Association was founded in 1994 and is dedicated to studying and protecting the natural world. 

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Since then, 12 more turtles have been found dead on the same beach, where they come to lay their eggs. 

This was the sea turtle found dead on a beach in Rémire-Montjoly on May 23. Tracks belonging to both dogs and vultures were found nearby. © Association Kwata

‘If nothing is done to prevent the attacks on sea turtles, that could have a real impact on egg laying’

Benoit de Thoisy is the director of the Kwata Association.

 

Right now, it is the start of the sea turtles’ laying season. About 1,500 clutches [Editor’s note: the number of eggs laid in a single turtle’s nest] have already been laid, which means about 600 or 700 females have visited the beach to lay their eggs. There is…

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