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Turtle Hatchlings Season

3 May 2013


Please see advice below from the Conservation Department regarding Green Turtle hatchlings.


After a record year for nesting females, the hatchlings are now starting to emerge. If you see any hatchlings waiting at the surface of the sand (as above), please DO NOT attempt to move them. This is normal behaviour. The hatchlings will generally wait here until evening to go to sea under the cover of darkness when predation risk is at its lowest. They can be covered with sand when they are resting like this, but please do not attempt to move them to the sea during the day time.
If you have any doubts please contact the Conservation Department (6359). We also run turtle tours throughout the nesting season and highly recommend this as a way of observing the turtles while causing minimal disturbance.

Thank you for your cooperation!