Eco-Friendly Travel – Turtle Watching

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Turtle Watching

Eco-Friendly Travel


Sea turtles have lived in the world’s oceans for over 150 million years. Sadly, these ancient reptiles are now globally threatened with extinction. Many populations are declining as a result of hunting, increasing coastal development, incidental capture in fisheries, degradation and destruction of nesting beaches, and marine pollution. You can help protect them by following these simple guidelines.


  • All species of sea turtle are endangered and need protection.
  • Turtles can drown if they are prevented from reaching the surface of the sea to breathe.
  • Litter is dangerous, especially plastic bags, which can be mistaken for jellyfish—a favorite turtle food.
  • Turtles remain in the same region for years and, as adults, return to the same nesting area year after year. If a nesting colony is destroyed, the turtles may never return.


  • Support local sea turtle conservation initiatives—make a donation or consider volunteering.
  • Participate in local sighting networks and complete all wildlife sighting forms.
  • Do not buy or sell turtle products—turtles are strictly protected under CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) and most national laws.


  • Watch for turtles while boating—boat strikes can kill.
  • When in the water, keep your distance and avoid startling turtles. Do not disturb resting, sleeping or feeding turtles.
  • Approach turtles slowly and calmly and move away if they show signs of distress.
  • Never try to spear, harass, catch, or ride turtles.
  • Do not touch or feed turtles.
  • Participating in responsible turtle watching programs can help raise awareness of the need to protect turtles.
  • Be sure to find out about local laws and regulations, as they may differ from these general guidelines.

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