He is a Loggerhead Turtle from off the coast of Mozambique. His name is a Portuguese word which means “blessed”. Because he has flippers, but no feet, he spends most of his time in a tub of water, and must depend on his friends to get around. He is a patient, very calm turtle, and has a lot of trust in God and in his friends to look after him.

Loggerhead Turtles are sea turtles that can be found all over the world. They spend most of their lives in the ocean, but sometimes they come up on land. Mother Loggerhead Turtles come on land to lay their eggs, and after the babies hatch, they crawl back out to the sea. They spend most of their time in the ocean under water—they can stay under the water for up to four hours without coming up for breath! They are very big turtles—full grown they are about 3 feet long, and weigh 300 pounds. Loggerhead Turtles are endangered.

Mozambique (map)

Mozambique (moh-zam-BEEK) is a country on the east coast of Africa. The capital city of Mozambique is Maputo (mah-POO-toh). The official language of Mozambique is Portuguese, but they speak many other languages there as well, including Swahili, Makhuwa, Sena and Yao.

About half of the people in Mozambique call themselves Christians, but it is hard to say for sure, because a lot of this is mixed in with old tribal religions. There is also a large number of Muslim people in Mozambique. Mozambique became independent in 1975, and it hasn’t been easy going since then—there has been a lot of civil war in this country, although right now, they are at peace. The money in Mozambique is called the Mozambican Metical.


Santo's Tales

A Helping Hand

Madala meets Santo, a turtle who can only get around with the help of others.

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