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Five of the seven species of turtles in the world's oceans can be seen off the Tanzania Coast: leatherback, loghead, olive ridley, hawksbill and green. The green turtle is commonly seen around Maziwe which is a key nesting place for them. The eggs are normally removed by a Conservation Officer as poaching by local fisherman is common and the island itself is covered at high tides which means the eggs will not survive. Until the late 1970's the island was covered with casuarina trees but as a result of sea erosion they were all swept away.
Maziwe Island is now a Tanzanian Marine National Park which is assisted by two organizations to preserve the island for the turtles and other marine life.