Caribbean TURTLE NESTING Season
Normally, in Saint Lucia, we witness turtle nesting from April to September. It’s not a hard and fast rule however and there have been times when visiting Leatherbacks and Hawksbills have surprised us.
We are lucky at Calabash Cove to see so many turtles nesting on our beach during the season. It is secluded and generally quiet and the resort is, for the most part, elevated from sea level. The advantage of this for turtle visits is the absence of bright lights on the shore that may detract or disorientate one of these amazing creatures.
Myth or Fact?
We have all heard the story that turtles return to the beach where they were born to nest. Is it true or false? Like many things in nature, there is not a “one size fits all” answer. However, for many species it is true. There are some turtles who will come back to the same nest several times in one season and others like our Leatherbacks will come to the same beach but dig a new nest.
We cannot be sure whether this recent visitor to our cove was a frequent flyer or a newbie. It is quite likely that she laid eggs here earlier in the season. Either way, she gave us a surprise to see her in November. Moreover, we still have the hatching to look forward to in early December. Perhaps, as Christmas babies, we should call them Holly 1, Holly 2, Holly 3………………Holly 120.
MORE ABOUT TURTLES
You can refer back to an earlier article about another turtle nesting earlier this year. Could it be the same turtle? We’d like to think so, but in the dark, it is hard to tell one from the other. Ha Ha.