1. Clean Beaches
A clean beach creates a safe and comfortable environment for turtle to nest, and we are thankful for the many guests, locals or student visitors who have helped removed driftwood, litter and seaweed from our beach. We largely attribute this year’s record-breaking turtle season to our volunteers and dedicated turtle experts.
2. Nest Relocation
Leatherbacks often nest too closely to the water, which increases the likelihood that their eggs will be washed away. To prevent this, our turtle experts collect their eggs and bury them further up the beach in our hatchery.
3. Meticulous Records
We keep records for every turtle that visits or nests on our beach. We know when the turtle nested, where their eggs are placed in our hatchery and when the hatchlings are expected to emmerge.
4. Attentive Excavation
Nature Enhancement Team (NET) Director Simon George helps excavate the turtle nests to increase the chances of survival. Not every hatchling is strong enough to emerge from the egg on its own, so Simon opens every egg, frequently finding a hatchling or two to rescue.
5. Full-Time Beach Patrol
This year, our turtle experts were determined to be on the beach full time to monitor turtle activity and prevent poaching. In fact, Simon built a bamboo hut right next our hatchery that is used as a watch station.
From pollution to poaching, preventable human actions and lifestyles can significantly contribute to species’ endangerment. By presenting “turtle talks” at local schools and hosting informational sessions at the resort, we inform others about endangered animals and the challenges they face. Simply increasing awareness about these issues can make a big impact on the environment and our marine life!
We love creating magical moments as guests witness this wildlife experience, but more importantly, we love protecting these gentle giants and helping them bring life to future turtle generations!