This year alone Projeto Tamar (a national scheme for the protection of sea turtles) found 150 turtle nests along our beaches. These were monitored until the young turtles hatched. Considering that an adult turtle lays an average of 120 eggs, between the years 2001 and 2003 more than 40,000 baby turtles ran across the beaches of Pipa to the sea.
Although this might sound like a lot of turtles the environment is very hostile towards them. Even after 150 million years of existence they are easily caught. In fact only one or two out of every thousand survive to reach adulthood (when they can live up to 70 or 100 years).