The Sea Turtles

September 9, 2016 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Wildlife

Northern Cyprus has an abundance of sea turtles – the green turtle (chelonian mydas) and the loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta).  Unfortunately both of these species are endangered.  Scientists have calculated that only one turtle hatch-ling in 2000 survives to be a mother or father in the next generation.  This fragile balance is further compounded by the fact that almost twenty years will elapse between the birth of a turtle hatch-ling and maturing to breeding age.  Every year these turtles use many beaches in northern Cyprus to lay their eggs.  The fact that these turtles are exceedingly sensitive to pollution and human presence is an indicator of the remoteness and natural uncontaminated natural beauty of much of the northern Cyprus coastline, especially in the Karpaz region.  As you snorkel or dive the Cyprus waters you are bound to encounter these turtles.  They are abundant and relaxed in their northern Cyprus habitat.

There are few experiences more satisfying than the sight of a sea turtle gliding through the sea.  Turtles have lived in our oceans for more than 200 million years – several thousand times longer than man has inhabited land, and Northern Cyprus is the perfect place to experience these magnificent and mystical creatures.


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