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The Tamar Project, Praia do Forte , Brazil
The Tamar Project, Praia do Forte

The main objective of the project is to protect sea turtles from extinction on the Brazilian coastline

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The Tamar Project, Praia do Forte Brazil
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover The Tamar Project, Praia do Forte

Next to the lighthouse in the fishing village of Praia do Forte, some 43 miles north of Salvador da Bahïa, the Projeto TAMAR is an eco-museum allowing visitors to observe sea turtles and sharks in large outdoor tanks. Created in 1980, this was one of the first centres to protect a number of endangered species of sea turtle, including the Leatherback turtle, which can grow to lengths in excess of 2 meters and comes here to lay its eggs on the beach from September to March. The centre collects the eggs, looks after them until they hatch, and then releases the baby turtles into the sea.

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The Tamar Project, Praia do Forte

The Tamar Project, Praia do Forte , Praïa do Forte , Brazil
Praïa do Forte

The project is located in the fishing village of Praïa do Forte, 43 miles north of Salvador de Bahïa.

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The Tamar Project, Praia do Forte , A unique project , Brazil
A unique project

When it was created in 1980, this was one of the first centres aimed at saving a number of endangered sea turtle species, such as the 2m long leatherback turtle.

© Marco Andras - age fotostock
The Tamar Project, Praia do Forte , A turtle in action , Brazil
A turtle in action

An exciting experience.

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The Tamar Project, Praia do Forte , Turtles in a pool , Brazil
Turtles in a pool

The town's main attraction.

© Marco Andras - age fotostock
The Tamar Project, Praia do Forte , Baby turtle , Brazil
Baby turtle

The centre collects the eggs until they hatch, then releases the babies into the sea.

© Marco Andras - age fotostock
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