The Península de Jandía is home to an important turtle conservation project, which sees loggerhead turtles being reintroduced after an absence of some 100 years. The program dates back to 2007 when 145 loggerhead turtles were successfully hatched on the west-coast beach of Cofete in the Parque Natural de Jandía.
The beaches here are only the second site in the world selected for such a translocation of eggs; the first is in Mexico. The eggs came from a turtle colony in the southern islands of Cape Verde, which has similarities to the beaches and environment here, namely the quality of the water, the sand and, above all, the consistently warm climate. The turtle eggs are hatched in artificial nests and, before they can crawl away to an uncertain future, the baby turtles are transferred to special tanks at the 'turtle nursery’ in Morro Jable until they are strong enough to swim without water wings. At this stage they are microchipped and released into the sea.
The hope is that when they are all grown up they will return to their Cofete home to lay eggs themselves so the species will once again spontaneously breed on the island. The project organisers hope to repeat the hatching at least every five years in an attempt to reverse the depletion of this species of marine turtle.
You can visit the nursery, which also takes in injured turtles found around the island, though it is periodically not open. You can find it in Morro Jable's harbour, behind a metal fence that allows you to see the turtles occasionally poking their legs from their tubs.