Monday, 2 February 2009

Praia do Forte, Bahia, Brazil

Sun, beach, coconut water... and sunscreen of course! Praia do forte became very popular through these decades because of "Projeto Tamar", which consists in a special facility to aid and care for the sea turtles helping its reproduction on the beach.

I guess this was my fourth time visiting this place, and now I see how things have improved around there and how important is the role of this project in the society. Now there's a special zoo for sea turtles, sharks, stingrays and some fishes. What differs it from other zoo-like facilities is that people can interact, help feeding the sharks, touch the stingrays and watch the birth of sea turtles.

Do you know that for every one thousand sea turtles returned to the sea after birth, only two or three reach the adult age? And do you know that turtles can live to the age of two hundred years? Do you know that turtles are able to remember the same place where they were borned so they come back to the same beach for reproduction? Oh no, you don't believe it, but that's what they say. :)

Unfortunatelly I missed the shark feeding because *surprisingly* they were not hungry!! Not so common! I've never seen sharks on a diet. So I ended up enjoying beach tennis and kayak ridewith my brother.

The photos of the baby-turtles are so cool. Click here for the full album of photos.

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