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DoE marks 500th wild turtle nest

DoE marks 500th wild turtle nest

| 29/09/2020 | 12 Comments

(CNS): 2020 is a year none of us are likely to forget, and while COVID-19 is indelibly stamped on it, there are some good things to remember too. The Department of Environment’s Turtle Conservation Programme officially recorded the 500th wild sea turtle nest of the season on Tuesday morning, reflecting the efforts of volunteers and […]

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Turtles still at risk despite record year

Turtles still at risk despite record year

| 23/09/2020 | 15 Comments

(CNS): This year’s turtle nesting season may be a record-breaking year for the number of nests but experts at the Department of Environment are reminding residents that there are still a number of preventable threats for turtles, particularly artificial lighting, which lures the babies as they hatch away from the relative safety of the sea […]

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Turtle conservation may stop CTC releases

Turtle conservation may stop CTC releases

| 02/07/2019 | 33 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Turtle Centre’s release of yearlings into the wild and more recently the eggs placed on beaches around Grand Cayman may be stopped under a species conservation plan for all turtles, which is now under public consultation, unless the CTC allows an independent verification of its standards and protocols. Department of Environment Director […]

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Turtle trapped in fish pot feared dead

Turtle trapped in fish pot feared dead

| 18/03/2019 | 5 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environment is urging the fishing community not to abandon fish pots because they present a hazard to all marine life long after they are discarded. Officials from the DoE said that two visitors found a juvenile turtle trapped in an old fish pot near the Hyatt canal recently, and while they […]

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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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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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DoE officers save another turtle from poachers

DoE officers save another turtle from poachers

| 22/08/2017 | 47 Comments

(CNS): Two of the Department of Environment’s (DoE) conservation officers were in action again last week saving a female green sea turtle from poachers. The turtle was discovered by Chadd Bush tied up on her back in the bushes in the Sand Hole area of West Bay, on Wednesday night, the DoE stated. It appears […]

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Turtle hatchlings threatened by lights and fire

Turtle hatchlings threatened by lights and fire

| 07/06/2017 | 17 Comments

(CNS): As Cayman moves into the wild turtle nesting season and hopes are high that numbers will continue on the upward trend, the Department of Environment is urging people not to light fires on the beach. Not only are beach bonfires illegal without a permit, they also pose a real danger to the young hatchlings. Researchers raised […]

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Green turtles would disappear without farm, says MD

Green turtles would disappear without farm, says MD

| 21/10/2015 | 56 Comments

(CNS): With only around 60 nesting female green turtles in local waters, the demand for meat and the willingness of local consumers to eat wild animals, regardless of the law, the species would be extinct in Cayman within months if the Cayman Turtle Farm was to close, Tim Adam, the CTF’s managing director has stated.

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Diver rescues tangled turtle from fishing line

Diver rescues tangled turtle from fishing line

| 02/10/2015 | 6 Comments

(CNS) A diver from Don Foster’s Dive Cayman saved the life of a critically endangered hawksbill turtle this week by untangling it from a discarded fishing line. Joaquin Puig rescued the turtle at the Meridian Drop Off, a dive site on Seven Mile Beach. “I spotted the turtle and I thought she was eating but when I arrived […]

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Turtle hatchlings burned in abandoned bonfire

Turtle hatchlings burned in abandoned bonfire

| 18/09/2015 | 44 Comments

(CNS): Around two dozen turtles that hatched on a South Sound beach were killed in a bonfire Wednesday night. Researchers believe the green turtle hatchlings were attracted to the embers of the unauthorized beach bonfire after emerging from their nest nearby. “When they emerge from their nests, hatchling turtles move in the direction of the brightest light they can see,” […]

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