Seeing turtles is a phenomenal experience.
Here’s how to do it safely. For you, and the turtles.
Before coming to the beaches:
Check out our Turtle Watching Code of Conduct.
No Glow, Move Slow, Stay Low, Let Them Flow
Marine turtles don’t have the best eyesight out of the water.
If we stay still, and keep our distance it’s very likely a turtle won’t know you are there.
That’s why it’s important to remember, when you see a turtle on the beach;
STOP, DROP, ACT LIKE A ROCK.
Marine turtles are extremely sensitive to light.
Torches and flash photography can be extremely distressing to turtles, even red light can be disturbing. It’s important we let our eyes adjust when on the beach at night. Use the moonlight and starlight to light the beaches for you.
Disturbed turtles may release their eggs in the ocean.
Not only does this kill the eggs, it uses an enormous amount of energy for the turtle.
Nesting failures are an extra pressure on these endangered animals.
If you are lucky enough to see hatchlings on the beach it’s important you remember,
Let Them Flow!
Find out more about hatchling turtles here.