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SEA TURTLE PROTECTION

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Here is a short video of the releasing of 117 Sea Turtle hatchlings. Hopefully they will find their way out their in the big ocean and return once again when they are ready to lay their eggs.
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Within the Thousand islands JAAN also helps protect Sea Turtles. In the area the critically endangered Hawksbill Turtles do still lay their eggs despite the many threats and nuisances they are facing with such as new coastal constructions, lights on the beach areas and the building of walls etc around the small reef islands. It becomes a greater challenge for the turtles to lay their eggs when they return to their beach of origin.

Sea Turtles return to the beach where they hatched originally to lay their own eggs. JAAN protects the nests from predators like monitor lizards but also from humans who still poach the eggs. We do this by placing nettings and a stainless steel frame around the nest. We count the days of potential hatching and then daily observe any movements, prior opening the fence to allow the sea-turtles to hatch naturally.

JAAN doesn’t agree with the non natural hatch centers where Sea Turtle eggs are brought in to hatch inside plastic buckets and the hatchlings are placed inside plastic tanks. This is very unnatural and might harm the turtles not only those individuals inside the tanks but also have a bigger impact on the Sea Turtle population due to wrong temperatures during the ‘nesting’ period which effects the gender of the hatchlings.

Building fences to protect nest and eggs from danger.
Building fences to protect nest and eggs from danger.
Building fences to protect nest and eggs from danger.
Building fences to protect nest and eggs from danger.
School kids learning about our Sea Turtle Protection Program.
School kids learning about our Sea Turtle Protection Program.
A fully grown Hawksbill Turtle.
A fully grown Hawksbill Turtle.

 

To read about and see photos of our LATEST release of Sea Turtle hatchlings, Click Here!