Two of the main nesting beaches in Trinidad are the protected Matura/Orosco Bay run by Nature Seekers and Grande Riviere managed by the Grande Rivière Nature Tour Guide Association, and Stonehaven and Turtle/Courland beaches protected by the SOS (Save our Sea Turtles) group in Tobago.
Grande Rivière, Fishing Pond, and Matura are well-known and protected beaches in northeast Trinidad. Turtle-watching tours are most likely to visit one of these locations, and require special, inexpensive permits. In Tobago, turtles frequent the beaches of the Leeward coast, especially Stonehaven and Courland (or Turtle) beaches.
Turtle nesting season runs from January to September, with activity peaking between March and June. If you’re planning a visit to Tobago during this time, you won’t want to miss out on the chance of a lifetime to witness one of nature’s most awe-inspiring displays.
All turtles , including sea turtles , lay their eggs on land. Female turtles dig their nests in summer, typically in June or July. Some species will excavate a number of holes; these “false nests” may serve as deterrents for predators. After laying eggs in the hole and covering them with dirt, the female departs.
To see the hatch specifically, and to see the small sea turtles being born, it is preferable to visit during September and October. The first months, July and August, are when the turtles nest, which is an interesting event by itself, but the turtles last about 2 months to hatch .
Sea turtles cannot breathe underwater and need to come to the surface for air . They can hold their breath underwater for as long as 4-7 hours if they are resting or sleeping.
What time of year do leatherback turtles lay their eggs , and where? It depends on where you are in the world. Sea turtles tend to nest during the local summertime. In the northern hemisphere this would be May to August, and November to February in the sourthern hemisphere.
Antigua is located in the Caribbean and it is one of the Leeward Islands of the West Indies. Islanders see turtles in the warm waters all year long while snorkeling or diving, however, during the summer months these magnificent creatures waddle ashore to nest on Antigua’s beautiful, white sand beaches.
Sometimes the female box turtle will eat the eggs because they aren’t fertile, or because she has no place to create a nest for them. Turtles bury there eggs in the sand or dirt, so that they have a safe place to hatch. Sometimes turtles will eat their own eggs when they need more calcium in their diet.
Watch for color changes on the egg’s shell. When turtle eggs are first laid, the shell is a pink-white color. As the embryo develops, the shells becomes darker and lose the pink coloring. If the egg is not fertile or alive , then there will be no color changes to the egg .
Like chickens, female turtles can lay eggs without a male turtle being around to fertilize them — although these infertile eggs won’t hatch. Pet turtles , however, often do not follow these seasonal rules as their environments do not change significantly and they can lay eggs year-round.
A nest of circa 115 eggs (see question 10) will typically hatch anytime between 50 and 60 days after the nest is laid, but it could be five days on either side (rarely more). Hatching typically occurs between 9 pm and 5 am . Nature does not perform to a human timetable.
Sea Turtles lay eggs on beaches on both the Pacific and Caribbean shores of Costa Rica every month of the year which in turn means hatchlings are emerging somewhere every day.
The North Pacific – from Tamarindo’s Las Baulas National Marine Park, south through Ostional on the Nicoya Pensinsula – is one of two hotspots for Costa Rica sea turtle nesting . Let’s start in the north: Las Baulas National Marine Park, located just north of Tamarindo, encompasses all of Playa Grande.
Turtles cry a lot …but not because they’re upset. Instead, turtles have glands that help them remove excess salt from their eyes. It might look like a turtle is crying , but really it’s just taking care of itself!
Usually turtles depend on temperature In climates with winter temperatures or low humid temperatures that go below freezing, most turtles of all types survive the climate without eating for as long as 5 months or more(during winter and rainy seasons).