It’s empowering, liberating, relaxing! Very Zen. -Sara Bianchi, Italy
You feel you are unique, different! You want to rock the road. – Amani Danhach, Lebanon
I’m hooked on riding. – Claudia Borg, Malta
The bulk of these turtle-smuggling operations takes place during the late summer, when Tunisians who’ve completed their homeland holidays collect these reptiles for their journeys back to their workplaces in Europe. Managing an under-the-table payment to a corrupt authority or simply getting lucky gives them the seedy opportunity to earn extra cash selling their hard-shelled hoardings to Europeans who generally regard these rare and exotic species as mere novelties. This is the case because the lifespan of a turtle in captivity may be only a few days or years, when in the wild, they can live for several decades.