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HOW MANY TURTLES HAS THE CENTRE RELEASED INTO THE OCEAN?

The Cayman Turtle Centre has released over 34,000 turtles since 1979.

WHERE IS CAYMAN TURTLE CENTRE LOCATED?

Cayman Turtle Centre is located on the northwest tip of Grand Cayman in the district of West Bay, just eight miles from George Town. On the way, visitors are treated to the scenic vista of the world-famous Seven Mile Beach as well as authentic Caymanian architecture.

HOW LONG HAS THE CENTRE BEEN IN OPERATION?

The Cayman Turtle Centre first opened its doors in 1968 and has evolved from a small commercial business to one of the world’s leading organisations in Green sea turtle research and conservation.

AS A CRUISE LINE PASSENGER, HOW CAN I SEE WHAT TOURS ARE AVAILABLE?

Currently, we are not offering cruise line tours. We are, however, offering tours for locals who are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

I DO NOT HAVE A PRE-BOOKED TOUR. HOW DO I GET TO AND FROM CAYMAN TURTLE CENTRE?

There are several transportation options available. Please see Directions & Parking

HOW CAN YOU TELL A FEMALE FROM A MALE TURTLE?

It is difficult to tell male and female turtles apart until they reach adolescence at about 7 years. At this stage, males typically develop much longer tails than females. There are no other obvious visible differences to be able to tell the gender of a turtle.

WHAT IS THE BREEDING SEASON FOR GREEN SEA TURTLES?

The breeding season is from April to late September.

HOW MANY EGGS CAN A FEMALE GREEN SEA TURTLE LAY?

A female turtle can lay 80-120 eggs at a time in a single nest, which is a hole they dig deep into the sand on the beach. Wild turtles can lay anywhere between 50 to 200 eggs and 3-5 clutches, but our breeder turtles at the Centre may lay as often as 10 times in one season.

HOW LONG DO TURTLE EGGS TAKE TO HATCH?

After eggs are laid, there is an incubation period of approximately 50-60 days before they hatch.

HOW LONG CAN A TURTLE HOLD ITS BREATH?

When it is active, a sea turtles will breathe air roughly every minute when swimming at the surface and every 15 – 30 minutes when submerged. When a sea turtle is sleeping, it can hold its breath for 7 – 8 hours.

WHY ARE THESE TURTLES CALLED “GREEN TURTLES” WHEN THEY HAVE BROWN AND BLACK SHELLS?

Green sea turtles are named for their body fat, which is dark green due to their daily diet and genetic composition.

For information on wheelchair or stroller access, lost and found items, and other guest concerns, please contact our Box Office at +1(345) 949-3894.