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2014 Turtle Nesting Season Coming to a Close

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2014 Turtle Nesting Season Coming to a Close
30Oct 2014

October 30th 2014…… After a peak laying period in the months of June and July, the 2014 Turtle Nesting Season began slowing down in October.

 

The first nest of the 2014 season was 103 eggs laid on April 23rd. By the end of the September 2014, 61 different breeding female turtles had crawled up on to the beach to lay over 24,000 eggs in 305 nests.

 

The largest clutch was 150 eggs in one nest. The first turtle hatchlings of the 2014 season actually emerged on the Breeding Pond beach on the 28th of April, which means that a stray, random clutch had been laid on the beach as early as February!

 

As the turtle nesting season wound down to a close at the Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter in October, some guests were lucky enough to see hatchlings emerge through the sand in our Hatchery display.

 

Turtle nesting season usually continues through October, with some late hatchlings emerging into November.

 

For more information and admission rates, call the Cayman Turtle Centre: Island Wildlife Encounter on 949-3894, email info@turtle.ky or visit www.turtle.ky

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