Saving endangered sea turtles is a task that both local conservationists and businesses take seriously on Saona Island in the Dominican Republic. SeavisTours helps Grupo Jaragua by funding these efforts. The first baby sea turtles of this season are expected to arrive this week.
August 3, 2014
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic – August 3rd, 2014 /PressCable/ —
(Punta Cana, DR) August 3, 2014–Sea turtle conservation is an important part of the
culture on Saona Island, a small island just of the coast of Bayahibe
in the Dominican Republic. Four different species of endangered
turtles breed on the island and two species are considered critically
endangered. Grupo Jaragua and SeavisTours operate a sea turtle
conservation center on the island. The first baby sea turtles of this
season are expected to hatch this week.
Sea turtles are
protected by law in the Dominican Republic, but poachers still
illegally trap them and steal the eggs. Few baby sea turtles actually
make it to adulthood. That is where SeavisTours and Grupo Jaragua
come in to help. Scientists and conservationists of Grupo Jaragua run
the project while SeavisTours provides the necessary funds by
bringing tourists to the center. Tourists of the Punta Cana resort
area have the opportunity to visit the sea turtle conservation center
on Saona island with the excursions of SeavisTours and can witness
the conservation efforts first hand.
Every season female
sea turtles arrive at the beaches to lay their eggs in the sand. The
turtles dig a hole in the sand, laying hundreds of eggs. If the sea
turtle does not bury the eggs in the right location, the eggs may not
make it through the 60-80 gestation period. Turtle eggs are
vulnerable to both poachers and natural predators. After gestation
ends, the baby turtles make their way to sea. The young turtles are
also extremely vulnerable to predators, both human and non-human.
Some of the tactics
of the conservationists involve collecting the eggs where the female
turtle laid them. Instead of leaving the eggs out in the open where
they are vulnerable to predators, the eggs are kept in a safe cooler
box in the center until they hatch. Three days after hatching the
baby turtles are placed back at the same spot where the mother turtle
laid the egg. They will find their way to the sea themselves. During
this short run to the sea the baby turtles imprint the constellation
of the stars and this allows them to return to the same beach to lay
their own eggs 20 years later.
SeavisTours is the
leading excursion company in the Punta Cana area and tourists can
join excursions to see the sea turtle conservation efforts in action.
Name: Alexander Tilanus
Phone: +1 829 714 4947
Address: 4 Eladia, Dominicus, Dominican Republic, 23000