As in the case of the green sea turtle, the hawksbill sea turtle can be seen occasionally on the islands of Azores, Madeira and the Canaries. However, the coastal waters of Cape Verde are a significant area for the development of hawksbill sea turtle juveniles. A genetic study carried out recently shows that more than 86% of the juveniles that forage in the Cape Verdean waters proceed from populations still not studied, probably from the African coastline. This result highlights the necessity of further research and the completion of existing gaps in samples. Currently, there is no genetic characterisation in the hawksbill sea turtle populations nesting on the African coastline. On the other hand, the few Cape Verdean juveniles carrying haplotypes characteristic of the Caribbean populations could suggest occasional transatlantic migrations for this species.

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