WSPA and UniquEco Flip-Flop Project...
The World Society for the Protection of Animals.
'The World Society for the Protection of Animals' (WSPA) has recently launched a new project that will raise awareness of the threats to whales and other marine species. To
raise this awareness WSPA have teamed up with UniquEco to construct a life-size Minke Whale.
UniquEco has been set up to promote eco-business initiatives across Eastern Africa.
One of its main projects is the Flip flop Project piloted in northern Kenya. The flip-flop is the most basic footwear for so many in the world, yet every day hundreds of these
brightly coloured, non-degradable pieces of rubber wash up on beaches around the globe,
blighting the coastlines and the lives of local inhabitants and ecology.
It is hard to believe that a simple flip-flop can be transformed from environmentally damaging waste into eye-catching glamour using only human creativity. It is with the above
in mind that WSPA approached UniquEco to make a life-size minke whale from discarded flip flops washed ashore. This life-size Minke whale will promote the awareness of
threats to whales, re-emphasize the need for recycling and portray the flotsam and jetsam littering Kenya's beaches.
The project will raise awareness and develop understanding through a series of coral reef visits, snorkeling trips,
mangrove expeditions and beach clean-ups.
'Schools to the Sea' will work with children from some of the poorest communities in Kenya.
This project will provide first time experiences for so many of the teachers and the young people involved.
'Schools to the Sea' is a 5-year education project that will enable 1300 young people to experience the wonders of the marine environment for the first time in their lives with
the aim to raise awareness of the marine environment among young people from poorer communities in Mombasa.
If you would like to help us make a difference to young people of the local community
and to the environment. You can make a donation here...
Amani Tiwi Turtle Watch Program...
Marine turtle nest protection and monitoring programme.
Tiwi, Waa & Diani has a small but nationally important nesting population of sea turtles.
Amani Tiwi Turtle Watch (ATTW) has a nest protection program, developed by Pedro & Tracy from Baracuda Scuba Safaris.
Working in co-operation with local people & Kenya Wildlife Service,
to protect all nests laid on the Mombasa South Coast beaches.
Local participation is encouraged through a financial incentive scheme.
Daily patrols checking for nesting turtles and tracks in the sand are organized in the breeding season.
(April to November), along with beach clean-ups and local school visits and participation.
Data & samples are collected, when nests are found.
Help us make a difference........Sponsor a Turtle, a nest, a hatchling or make a donation,
and receive up-dates, pictures & video on our progress, from our face book page.
Sponsor a Turtle...@ 10$ Sponsor a Nest...@25$ Sponsor a hatchling... @10$
Sea Turtle Facts
Turtles are reptiles and have been around for over a 100 million years. They out-lived dinosaurs!
There are 7 species of sea turtles, 5 are found in Kenyan waters. Unlike tortoises, turtles cannot retract their heads and limbs into their shell.
Turtles must surface to breathe, but they have adapted ways which enable them to spend long periods (up to several hours) under water.
If a turtle gets caught in a fishing-net and becomes distressed, it can drown within minutes.
Turtles can swim up to 30mph however usually swim at around 5mph.
Turtles can dive down to great depths.
The leather back species can swim deeper than a whale – over 1,200 metres deep.
The biggest turtle ever seen was a leather back,
measuring just less than 3 metres long and weighing just under a ton.
Sea turtles drink sea water. They excrete the excess salt through a gland by their eyes.
This makes them look as if they are crying.
Different species of turtles eat different things. Their diet ranges from seaweed, to corals, crabs and jellyfish.
Turtles often confuse plastics with jellyfish or seaweed which commonly kills turtles.
You can help us save turtles – AVOID using plastic bags and don’t litter.
The females migrate thousands of miles to the beach they hatched on to lay their own nests.
They use the earth’s magnetic fields to direct them across the ocean.
This is why we must conserve our beaches, by keeping them natural we are saving sea turtles.
Males will never come onto land, unless they are sick.
Females come on to land to lay their eggs.
They dig a pit (up to a metre deep) in the sand, lay their eggs (around a 100 per nest) and then bury them under sand before they crawl back into the sea.
Turtle eggs take between 45-70 days to hatch, depending on the species.
The hatchlings emerge from the nest together, usually at night to avoid predators and the heat from the sun.
The temperature the egg develops in, determines the gender of the hatchling.
Hatchlings have no parental care and have to fight to survive from day 1.
It is predicted that only 1 in 1000 hatchlings will survive to adulthood.
When hatchlings emerge from the nest, they head to the brightest light on the horizon to direct them to the sea,
this is why we discourage bright lights on nesting beaches as it disorientates the hatchlings,
and reduces their chances of survival.
Hatchlings have to survive predation from birds, crabs, dogs, mongoose and predatory fish.
As they grow their predators are restricted to sharks, Orca’s…. And humans.
Turtles are endangered.
The biggest threat to their survival is human intervention.
Therefore – YOU are responsible for their future.
|Baracuda Diving Team & Amani Tiwi