One of the most wonderful residents found in the Caribbean is the sea turtle. Unfortunately, they are one of the most endangered animals as well. Degradation of nesting areas, pollution, and over-fishing have made it difficult for the area’s hawksbill, leatherback, loggerhead, and green sea turtles to survive. Luckily, there are many new initiatives that are beginning to help protect and preserve the sea turtles. In fact, many Caribbean resorts now include activities and educational materials about sea turtles for their guests. These programs are mostly offered in the summer and fall when nesting season is going on in the Caribbean.
There is a major sea turtle program for rescuing and breeding on a small island in the Grenadines called Bequia. The program is named the Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary. On Key Beach is another Sea Turtle Interpretive Center being built that will offer educational activities and tours. My friend over at Roswell Area Plumbing goes here every other year and loves it.
Other resorts are beginning to arrange outings where guests can watch the sea turtles during their egg laying on the beaches nearby. If you’re visiting at the right time of the year, you may be able to view a turtle hatching when the hatchlings leave their nest and make a run for the sea. In this process, only one out of 1000 hatchlings will survive to see adulthood.
The Four Seasons Resort Nevis offers one of the most comprehensive programs for sea turtles in the Caribbean. In this area is a major nesting ground at Pinney’s Beach where the hawksbill turtle, a critically endangered species, does their nesting. This resort offers many programs and initiatives to help protect the turtles. Some of these initiatives include:
- Beach patrols
- turtle adoptions
- educational programs
- kids sea turtle camp where children participate in educational programs that encourage Conservancy
There are a couple turtle sanctuaries in the area that will periodically release hatchlings back into the sea. The sanctuaries will invite visitors to view the spectacle. Providing these opportunities brings more awareness to the problems the sea turtles are facing and helps conservation efforts as more people are aware of how to better take care of the sea turtles.