Marine Turtles

Turtle under waterMarine turtles are one of the most highly migratory species on earth. Because these mighty mariners of the sea cross international water boundaries and are globally threatened with extinction is why there exists international treaties and conventions for their protection and survival.

Sea turtles, their eggs and their nesting and feeding grounds are also protected by local legislation. Juvenile Hawksbill and Green turtles forage on the reefs and on seagrass beds while the occassional Loggerhead can be spotted feeding around the islets in the east. The pelagic and formidable Leatherback is seen only during the nesting season that runs from April through November.

The higest level of recorded nesting activity occurs on Simpsonbay Beach, Guanabay and Gibbs Bay. Hawksbills and some Greens nest predominantly on the two latter beaches in the vegetation of the sand dunes. Female Leatherbacks prefer the wide open sandy streches of Simpsonbay Beach. Upon reaching sexual maturity between 25 – 30 years, after mating, female turtles will return to their natal beach to lay their own eggs.