Projeto Tamar, Praia do Forte

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Aquarium · Zoo / Aquarium
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Dedicated to the protection of sea turtles along the Brazilian coast, Projeto Tamar is a conservation project that allows you to view several types of turtles and a couple of sharks. If you're interested in eco-tourism, this is must-see attraction. The organized grounds contain large tanks where you can view turtles in an environment that mimics their wild habitat. While this is an interesting attraction all year round, it is especially touching from October to March when you can watch the release of baby turtles into the wild. Before you visit Praia do Forte, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • We did the Biólogo por um dia tour and had the whole place for us for 2hs as you start before they open and my family was the only one for the tour that day.This was a great time for my daughter that....  more
    We did the Biólogo por um dia tour and had the whole place for us for 2hs as you start before they open and my family was the only one for the tour that day.This was a great time for my daughter that....  more »
  • The idea is very noble and all people I encountered were very dedicated to the cause. However I was a bit shocked to see many sea turtles and a few fish held in captivity and displayed like in a... 
    The idea is very noble and all people I encountered were very dedicated to the cause. However I was a bit shocked to see many sea turtles and a few fish held in captivity and displayed like in a...  more »
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  • A must see place. I love the location (right on the beach). We were able to start early in the morning take a break for lunch in side the Tamar project there is small food area. There is so much to learn in this on place. You are able to see the actual size of each turtle and compare to your own height. So many pools of turtles. One thing we didnt know is that you are contact them in advance and spend the day as a biologist. a good place for kids of all ages. I really enjoy this place.
  • Not what we expected. The foundation markets itself as a sanctuary for the protection and preservation of the turtles, but is really more like a zoo. We hoped for a research-lead project, helping injured turtles and teaching about their breading and migration patterns etc. But the commercial focus is clear. It feels very exploitative. We videoed some of the turtles that are kept in the pools contained within the organisation's confines. They clearly want to leave. Not surprising given that these turtles swim thousands of miles across continents in their natural habitats, but here are confined in a small pool. We asked why they kept the turtles here in this way when they weren't injured or anything. Their response wasn’t persuasive - apparently they’re there for research projects to understand more about their "natural feeding and procreation habits". But how can they understand that if they’re kept in an unnatural environment? When asked if they'd ever be released, they answered "maybe one day"... Not encouraging for an animal that can live upwards of 100 years.

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