Turtle release returns to Pirates Week

The National Festival of the Cayman Islands, Pirates Week, in partnership with Boatswain’s Beach, recently announced the return of the annual Turtle Release.

After a two-year hiatus, the Turtle Release will be taking place on Tuesday, 17 November on Seven Mile Public Beach at 5pm.

Every year on West Bay Heritage Day, residents and visitors take the opportunity to witness turtle releases, while a lucky few get the chance to actually release the turtle themselves into the water.

This activity helps to contribute to the conservation efforts of the Cayman Turtle Farm and Boatswain’s Beach attraction.

Since the release programme was started in the 1980s, the attraction has released more than 31,000 turtles. The turtles are released when they are about a year old and weigh three to six pounds.

‘The National Festival of our islands is all about bringing our families together and the Turtle Release is clearly a great family activity,’ said Casandra Hibbert, director of Pirates Week. ‘I enjoyed participating in this activity for many years and this year will be no different. We are happy that the attraction has decided to have the release this year and we look forward to a great one.’

Joe Parsons, acting managing director of Boatswain’s Beach, also expressed his excitement.

‘The Cayman Turtle Farm is also very excited about the upcoming event and hopes to see many of our supporters,’ he said. ‘Join in the fun and enter the raffle for the opportunity to release a turtle. All you have to do is visit us at the park and sign up for this once in a lifetime adventure. The drawing for the lucky few will take place on Friday, 13 November.’