Local perceptions of sea turtles on Bora Bora and Maupiti islands, French Polynesia
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In many Pacific Island cultures, sea turtles are key figures that symbolise longevity, peace and strength. Nevertheless, their existence is now under threat. The qualitative research described in this article was undertaken on the French Polynesian islands of Bora Bora and Maupiti (see Figs. 1 and 2) to inventory local perceptions regarding sea turtles, and to better understand the relationship between them and humans. The information gathered provides a better understanding and assessment of the cultural heritage of sea turtles in French Polynesia. Special emphasis was placed on understanding the perceptions of children and their potential role as "ambassadors of the environment''.
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Environmental Education and Extension