Christopher Adrianne (left) from the Police Tourism Unit assisting with the turtle poaching incident previously reported, photo Michel Vely
MCSS Research Officer, Elke Talma, was advised by Christopher Adrianne, a Tourism Policeman who is based in the South of Mahé, that one of his co-workers had seen a turtle nesting on Petite Anse the previous day. Not one to miss an opportunity, Elke went to pay Vincent Petrous a visit, and sure enough the tracks were still there. The turtle was seen emerging sometime after 12:30, dug 3 times before laying and was still on the beach at around 15:00 when the Indian labourers working on the Four Seasons Luxury Resort Project went on the beach for afternoon tea.
Both Vincent and Christopher are extremely enthusiastic about turtles, Christopher having seen 3 turtles to date and Vincent having had his first encounter that day, and is eagerly waiting for “his” turtle to return so he can see her laying.
Petite Anse, a perfect beach for nesting turtles but somehow they never got the memo, photo Elke Talma
Such enthusiasm and interest, can only benefit turtle conservation in
As they are on the beach all day, the Tourism Police Unit are in a prime position to report turtle nesting activities to both MCSS and Ministry of Environment.