A green sea turtle emerges from the ocean and lumbers up the beach to lay her eggs in the sand. It’s an awe-inspiring spectacle that has taken place on Caribbean beaches for thousands of years.
It’s an increasingly rare sight in the developed world, because of threats to the habitats of nesting females. But visitors to the Cayman Islands will get a chance to witness it as part of a new eco-tourism venture at the Cayman Turtle Farm.
With nesting season currently under way, female turtles resident in the West Bay facility’s breeding pond are laying eggs on its white sand beach nightly, with the eggs being collected by trained staff for incubation in the farm’s hatchery.
Every Wednesday and Saturday evening through 31 August, the farm will be offering night-time turtle nesting tours. The tours begin at 8pm, and end at 10pm, and are open to adults and children older than 8.
“We thought this was a fantastic opportunity to allow both residents and visitors to Cayman the opportunity to witness turtle nesting. It is truly an amazing and awe-inspiring sight when you see how much work the nesting females put into creating the perfect nest for their eggs,” said Tina Trumbach, chief marketing officer at the Cayman Turtle Farm.
Included in the turtle nesting tour is a vantage point adjacent to the turtles’ nesting beach, an overview of the Cayman Turtle Farm’s research and conservation programme, as well as a tour of the education centre and hatchery.
The maximum number of attendees per tour is 16 people, and the minimum number is four. The cost to attend a turtle nesting tour is $15 for children and $25 for adults.
Tour bookings must be made and paid for in advance of the tour date, and can be made by calling 949-3894 or by emailing [email protected]