Fishing villages, wildlife officials and American researchers in Ghana have joined forces on an eco-tourism project that protects endangered turtles, creates jobs and gives visitors a chance to see one of the world’s most intriguing reptiles.
For about $5, tourists receive guided nighttime walks on the beach in search of turtles. There’s no guarantee you’ll see one, but it’s worth the wait if you do. The female turtle crawls from the water, digs a circular chamber, drops her eggs, disguises the location by tossing sand about and returns to the ocean.
“At places like Sea World, they don’t have sea turtle shows where they jump through hoops,” said Phil Allman, an American who launched the project. “So sometimes to see a sea turtle you just have to work a little harder.”
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