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Turtle Encounters

There are only a few species so ancient that they can say they watched dinosaurs evolve and then later become extinct. As you start your adventure, your first encounter will take you within feet of some of the most majestic and ancient animals in the world! The Genesis Pond is home to our Green Sea Turtles who have matured and are at or near the age to start reproducing; which is usually at about 16 years of age in captivity. Turtles return to the nesting beaches of their mothers and grandmothers. The beach at the edge of the pond allows female turtles to nest in an environment very similar to the ones they would nest in if they were in the wild. 

Green Sea Turtles are the largest of the hard-shelled sea turtles and the second largest of all turtle species. Here you will find a few weighing in at more than 500 pounds. During breeding season, from May to October, you may even be lucky enough to spot a nest where a female laid her eggs the night before!

Turtle Touch Tanks & Wading Pools

Here you will find yearling turtles swimming and playing.  Reach in to touch or pick one up for a photo of a lifetime!  Be sure to hold them firmly and stay near the tank. You can get in the Touch Tank Wading Pools for an even closer encounter with our yearlings!

The Rare Kemp’s Ridley

The Kemp’s Ridley is the smallest of all the sea turtles and can only be found around the Gulf of Mexico. They are currently considered the most endangered sea turtle.  No petting at this tank, these little guys are snappy!

Turtle Hatchery

Visit the Education Centre to learn more about the turtles and our history.  You can also view our turtle hatchery where during breeding season (May – October) you can witness new hatchlings making their way up through the sand of their incubation boxes!

The Mighty Loggerhead

Loggerheads are the second largest of the hard-shelled turtles (after the Greens). They can crush clams, crabs, and spiny lobsters with their powerful jaws, while fully mature Loggerheads can even crush conch shells! The Loggerhead Turtles we have at Cayman Turtle Centre are not pure Loggerhead but rather natural hybrids mixed with Green Sea Turtle. However, they exhibit more Loggerhead than Green features and behavior. See, but don’t touch, our Loggerhead on display at the Turtle Display tanks, and (upgrade to) come eye to eye with our other Loggerhead “Bowser”, swimming with the sharks at the Predator Reef exhibit.