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Technology and tradition team up to watch over a sacred island's sea turtles
by Ricci Shryock
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21 November 2021
On 21 November 2021 Mongabay reported:
Uninhabited Poilao Island in Guinea-Bissau is Africa's most important nesting ground for green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas). Local people have long regarded the island as sacred and have limited access to it, which has kept its environment in a near-pristine state.
Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of science, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.
The island is now protected as part of a marine national park, a compromise in which local people granted researchers and some other outsiders access to the island in an exchange that included employment monitoring turtles. Researchers and local people now work together to study the turtles with the aim of better protecting them.
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