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No more turtle soup

South Africa’s Maputaland is a place of incredible biodiversity. It’s also a great place to watch, awestruck, as these endangered marine reptiles brave the beaches to nest, says David Bristow
All pictures by Donna Scherer / fisheyeafrica.com

In 1963 a police patrol along the shores of Maputaland, or the Elephant Coast, just south of the Mozambique border, found remains of a turtle slaughter. Even the most ardent of fishermen at that time had no idea that turtles occurred, let alone nested, there. Among the team dispatched to investigate was a junior ranger named George Hughes. For the next 48 years he continued counting them, in the process becoming one of the world’s leading turtle conservationists as well as CEO of the Natal Parks Board (now Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife).

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