Sea Turtle Nesting Season at Coconut Bay!
by / Sunday, 27 May 2018 / Published in Activities, General

Saint Lucia is the lucky home to three species of sea turtles. Leatherback turtles, hawksbill turtles, and green turtles all lay their eggs on these soft sandy beaches. All three are endangered, with leatherback turtles and hawksbill turtles on the critically endangered list. By providing a safe nesting ground for them, we can help in the effort to pull these magnificent creatures back from the brink. Some lucky guests may have the opportunity to see these precious creatures during a visit to Coconut Bay.

Visiting During Hatching Season

Sea turtle hatching season takes place from March through November on St. Lucia. If you’re visiting during this time, you may have the opportunity to see the mothers laying their eggs or witness the babies emerging onto the beach. Plan your vacation accordingly to take part in this special event.

Learning More About Our Sea Turtles

Sea turtles are timid creatures. Though the massive leatherback turtle can weigh as much as a ton full-grown, these gentle giants will usually try to maintain their distance. We give the turtles their space and provide them with a clean, dark place to lay their eggs.

Camera flashes, bonfires, car headlights, flashlights, and other artificial lights confuse sea turtles. You can disrupt their sense of direction as they’re attempting to head safely to sea. In an effort to respect nature, use the moonlight alone to view sea turtles after dark, and never photograph them with a flash.

As a part of our CocoLand Kidz Klub program, we teach young guests about our nesting turtles and even allow our guests to participate in the occasional release of new hatchlings with the support of local environmental organizations.

Keeping Sea Turtles Safe

You can participate in ongoing efforts to protect our St. Lucian sea turtles. Keep garbage off the beach (especially plastic straws) and take measures to reduce the trash that goes to landfills and ends up in oceans. Many turtles consume plastic bags in the ocean thinking they’re jellyfish, suffering serious consequences as a result. Seek safe, natural solutions to help protect the planet and our turtles.

If you’re drawn to the magnificent beauty of these ancient creatures, plan your visit to Coconut Bay to coincide with nesting season. Don’t forget to stay tuned on our social media pages for photos of the turtles hatching!

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