Cayo Largo - Turtle watching
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Nesting season from May to September but at the same time, the rainy season starts.
Best within two hours before and after high tide.
It lasts from May to October although showers occur more often in the night or the morning. There is a possibility of hurricanes during August to October.
One morning we saw a guy digging for eggs. He is an enthusiastic environmentalist, and he told us about his work for the turtles. We assist him in digging for the eggs. He protects them until they hatch. We were very impressed how much effort it is to take care of eggs and turtles. He is doing such an important work that we gave him a donation. But better bring some food for the turtles this is really appreciated. When we came to observe turtles in the night, we were a bit unlucky. Often the green turtles get disturbed by the light of late arrival planes which also happened in this night.
Please keep in mind the rules for turtle watching; no torch, no flashlight, never stand in front of a turtle; best do it with a professional guide. Repellent for mosquito is essential.
Facts about green turtles:
They are endangered and the second largest after the leatherback turtle. They weigh up to 225 kg/496 lbs and reach 1.2 m/ almost 4 feet in length. The name comes from the color of their fat, not their shell. It's the only species which come on shore for basking. We observed this once in Western Australia. This species is distributed worldwide, and they are nesting in more than 80 countries. Their preferred diet is seagrass. It is believed that they enhance the growth of the seagrass beds. The biggest threats to them are the humans and a disease called Fibropapilloma. It's a fast-growing tumor on the face.