Tag: turtle nests

First green turtle nest spotted early

First green turtle nest spotted early

| 29/05/2020 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Department of Environment researchers have documented the first wild green turtle nest of the 2020 nesting season. The nest was spotted on Grand Cayman on 26 May, which is unusually early, as over the past 21 years of sea turtle monitoring only two other green turtle nests were found this early in the year. […]

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Longest turtle nesting season closes with high count

Longest turtle nesting season closes with high count

| 21/02/2020 | 12 Comments

(CNS): After the longest ever recorded turtle nesting season in the Cayman Islands, researchers have confirmed that 675 nests were counted between the discovery of the first nest in April on Grand Cayman to the last found in December in Little Cayman, where the final little hawksbill turtle, Cayman’s rarest nesting turtle, was helped out […]

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Baby turtles at risk from ‘rescuers’

Baby turtles at risk from ‘rescuers’

| 23/09/2019 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Misguided rescuers put a batch of baby turtles at risk when they disturbed a nest and encouraged the hatchlings to head towards the sea in broad daylight. The Department of Environment said a video that circulated on social media earlier this month showing people in the Cayman Islands digging up the nest in what […]

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Over 500 baby turtles rescued from stormy seas

Over 500 baby turtles rescued from stormy seas

| 11/10/2018 | 15 Comments

(CNS): Hundreds of baby turtles were rescued this week by volunteers and staff from the Department of Environment after Hurricane Michael stirred up high seas as it passed through this area of the Caribbean. The wave action washed over many nests along Grand Cayman’s beaches, where the baby turtles were not all ready to hatch. On […]

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Turtle eggs destroyed after nest dug out

Turtle eggs destroyed after nest dug out

| 26/09/2018 | 12 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment is urging the public not to disturb turtle eggs they see along the beaches after a nest was dug out on Grand Cayman on Monday. Officials said people should never dig up turtle nests if they see the baby turtles emerging from the sand along the beach, even when they […]

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7MB turtle nests have narrow escape from bulldozer

7MB turtle nests have narrow escape from bulldozer

| 10/09/2018 | 50 Comments

(CNS): Department of Environment volunteers and staff were able to rescue four turtle nests on an empty Seven Mile Beach lot last week when they intervened to stop an excavator that was clearing vegetation in the area. The team arrived just in time to stop the heavy equipment from driving over one nest, but discovered […]

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Turtle hotline saves disoriented loggerhead babies

Turtle hotline saves disoriented loggerhead babies

| 11/07/2018 | 14 Comments

(CNS): An intern at the Department of Environment was able to rescue a number of baby loggerhead turtles in the early hours of Tuesday morning thanks to a report from the public that the tiny turtles were heading the wrong way. At this time of year baby turtles are emerging from their nests all along […]

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Dart’s event site poses threat to turtles

Dart’s event site poses threat to turtles

| 28/06/2018 | 116 Comments

(CNS): The director of the Department of Environment raised concerns that events at the festival site being constructed by Dart could pose a threat to the nesting turtles on nearby beaches when she revealed that none of recommendations supplied by the National Conservation Council had been considered when the Central Planning Authority recently granted planning permission. Speaking at […]

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Leave the sea turtles alone

Leave the sea turtles alone

| 21/06/2018 | 0 Comments

I saw people at Public Beach recently pick up a turtle that was trying to come in presumably to lay eggs. Only when I said something to them did they put it down and leave it alone, but the turtle then swam back out and didn’t come back. Would you remind people that live and […]

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Workshops planned to prevent baby turtle deaths

Workshops planned to prevent baby turtle deaths

| 13/03/2018 | 10 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment is organising free workshops for architects and electricians this month to help in the fight against the light pollution, which causes numerous baby turtle deaths every nesting season. Last year the number of turtle nests laid in the Cayman Islands was encouraging, the DoE said, but many thousands of the endangered […]

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Interns find live double-headed turtle hatchlings

Interns find live double-headed turtle hatchlings

| 24/10/2017 | 10 Comments

(CNS): In an extremely unusual find, interns working with the Department of Environment on turtle nesting recently discovered two live hatchlings with two heads as they reviewed nests on Grand Cayman. This condition is known as polycephaly, and although experts say it is a natural occurrence, it is very rare. Lucy Collyer, a senior intern […]

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