Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Ball for Turtle - Fiji Times Online

TRUE as a homing beacon, Lady Nakalou has returned to her breeding grounds at Nakalou in Macuata, completing several months of sea travel.

The third turtle to be satellite tagged in the country, Lady Nakalou left Wailoaloa Beach in Nadi where she was tagged around March.

World Wide Fund for Nature Marine Species Co-ordinator Penina Solomona said the revelation that Lady Nakalou had returned home was exciting.

"We are quite excited because we've only seen this happen in other parts of the world," he said.

Considered an environmental icon in Macuata, Ms Solomon said Lady Nakalou was guided by the clues from the environment like temperature, lighting, chemicals to return to where she was born.

The green turtle is also the toast of a cocktail function that has been named after her.

The Lady Nakalou cocktail will be the pre-function proper at the Turtle Benefit ball to be hosted by WWF on June 4.

"The fundraiser is in its third year," Ms Solomona said.

"We missed out last year because of the floods.

"The main purpose of charging about $100 a head is to raise funds that are used for the daunivonu or turtle monitors project." The ball raised $10,000 in 2007 and $20,000 in 2008.

Ball for Turtle - Fiji Times Online