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TurtleSafe Project: 

Protecting Sea Turtles in Kilifi, Kenya

At Ocean Sole, we are deeply committed to preserving the majestic sea turtles that grace the shores of Kilifi, Kenya. The Ocean Sole TurtleSafe Project, initiated by our Coastal Impact Manager, Thomas Sagimo, in collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service - Watamu, is a testament to our dedication to ocean conservation.

Why It's Important

Sea turtles face numerous threats, including poaching and the pervasive problem of marine debris. Plastics and other pollutants not only obstruct their nesting activities but are often mistaken for food, leading to fatal consequences. Our mission with the TurtleSafe Project is to safeguard these vulnerable creatures during their nesting season, ensuring their survival and the continuation of their species.

Our Impact

To combat the challenges faced by sea turtles, we've employed a unique approach by hiring local fishermen as TurtleSafe Rangers. This initiative not only provides these fishermen with sustainable employment but also turns former poachers into protectors of wildlife. These rangers are dedicated to monitoring turtle nests around the clock, deterring poachers, and educating the community about the importance of conservation.


Since the project's inception in January 2024, our rangers have successfully located five turtle nests. Unfortunately, the threat of poaching persists, with three turtle fatalities within the same period. However, our efforts have led to significant successes, including the rescue of a turtle from poachers, highlighting the critical impact of our work.

6 Feb 2024, Hawksbill hatchling, Katoa beach.HEIC
Jan 2024 Turtle rangers issued bicycles for patrol.jpg
6 Feb 2024, Hawksbill hatchling, Katoa beach (1).HEIC


The journey to protect sea turtles is challenging but rewarding. We invite you to support the TurtleSafe Project by participating in beach clean-ups, advocating for marine conservation, or simply spreading the word. Together, we can ensure that Kilifi's shores remain a sanctuary for sea turtles for generations to come.

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