Eco Tips for Caribbean Trips

Safeguard Sea Turtles

Sea turtles return to the same spot every year to nest and they are fast running out of safe places to lay their eggs. Many islands have sea turtle hotlines to report nest-spottings—look them up. In nesting areas, avoid using artificial lights at night, they disorient the hatchlings that follow the moon to find their way to the sea. Flashlights, video and camera lights can send them the wrong way and they can end up on a road to be run over by cars, or become stranded and easily picked off by predators. If you see a mother turtle laying her eggs; do not disturb her. And though the babies are adorable, do not touch or pick them up, let nature take its course.

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