Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands is home to many turtle-themed geographical landmarks, including Turtle Cove Marina and Turtle Tail. It’s no wonder early settlers to these beautiful islands were inspired to name landmarks so; Sea Turtles are native to these islands and make stunning appearances regularly to the delight of locals and tourists.
Here are Fun Facts for Turtle Lovers:
Turtles Are As Old as Dinosaurs
Turtles are old animals; they’ve existed for more than 200 million years and made their original appearance around the time of the dinosaurs. With flippers perfect for swimming through the warm Caribbean waters, sea turtles evolved into a perfect marriage between amphibian and reptile.
Turtles Hold Their Breath for Very Long Time
These beautiful creatures are nature’s perfect natural scuba divers; because most sea turtles are ectothermic (cold-blooded), they can submerge their bodies for long periods of time without taking a breath. Turtles typically can hold their breath for 4-7 hours.
The Most Common Sea Turtle in Turks and Caicos is the Hawksbill
The Hawksbill Turtle is a critically endangered species and are often considered as some of the most beautiful turtles in existence due to their varying coloured shells. Fun fact – a Hawksbill Turtle shell will change depending on the water temperature. Cool eh?
How You Can Help the Sea Turtles?
Do not touch.
If you happen to see a sea turtle on a beach at night, it is most likely a mother trying to lay her eggs. Do not approach this sea turtle or take flash photography. Respect the circle of life and let her be to give her 50-100 eggs a fair chance at a full turtle life!
If You See a Nest, Tell a Local Authority:
Locals will rope off a sea turtle egg nest to ensure that no one steps into the nest and squashes the eggs. They often come onto the sand to lay their eggs.
Do Not Feed a Turtle:
Please do not feed the turtles, they are more than well-equipped enough to find food within their own ecosystem. Your assistance in their diet is not required and could be harmful. Feeding turtles or any wild animal can create an unhealthy relationship between human and animal. They will be perfectly fine on their own! It’s best to leave them as such.
Don’t swim too close:
This will cause a high level of stress to the turtle and could lead to their deaths.
Enjoy their Natural Beauty
Now that you’ve become equipped with a few quick facts on how to act around these magnificent creatures…it’s time to start snorkeling and diving. What are you waiting for!