Portugal mainland, Azores and Madeira

Five species of sea turtles occur in Portuguese waters the most common is the loggerhead, followed by others more rare but also reported to be seen in national waters, the leatherback, the green turtle, the hawksbill and the Kemp’s ridley.

There are no records of nesting in Portugal, but juveniles are found in national waters during migrations using them as points of rest and feeding.

The dangers to youngsters in the vicinity of islands are numerous. The ingestion of plastics and the accidental capture in several kinds of fishing practices are the most common threats these animals face in the region.

The University of Azores and the University of Madeira have been developing research and conservation activities for see turtles.