Scheduled Date: Saturday 2nd July, 2016
Annually, during the months of February to July, the leatherback turtles frequent the North Coast beaches to nest. They travel under the sea thousands for miles to return to their birthplace in Trinidad. The Matura Beach 7 miles long is one of the best places to see this spectacular occurrence. Turtles mate every two-three years, and can lay as many as seventy fertile eggs, along with some undeveloped ones used as a protection for the nest. The laying process takes an average of two hours and in a season a female can incubate as much as seven times with intervals nine days apart. During the nesting period, a turtle falls into a trance where she is vulnerable to predators. The incubation period of the eggs last from 60 to 70 days, and strangely the hatchlings sex determine by the sand’s temperature. A turtle diet consists of jellyfish, and they can stay submerged for as long as an hour without re-surfacing for oxygen
During the laying process, shining a light on its face can scare it away. It is best to stay silently behind the turtle and keep lights to a minimum. A filtered red or blue torch lights preferred since it is not as bright. After digging a hole, the turtle falls into a glaze signifying the laying process is ready to begin. A trained guide will know when it is safe to view the eggs as they drop into the nest. When completed the turtle covers the nest with sand before returning to the sea. This entire laying process can last from as long as 1 -2 hour.
Trained Guides are Nature Seekers of Matura, who conduct tours as well as patrol the beach. They protect the turtles and their hatchlings as well as label them for future observation. A permit required from Forestry Division To visit the beaches of Matura and Grand Riviere. Unfortunately, Vultures eat many of the hatchlings as they emerge from the sand during daylight. A large number of turtles also get trapped in fishermen’s nets causing them to drown.
Island Hikers turtle watching tour to Matura Beach on Saturday 2nd July 2016.
Assembly 6.00pm Entrance to Mt Hope Hospital
Depart by 7.00pm
Return by midnight
Cost $80.00 includes tour guide fee and permits.
Optional maxi taxi transport available at additional cost of $70.00
For more information contact Marcia 490-2421, Jamal 761-1889 or www.islandhikers.com
Phone: (868) 749-2956,
email :islandhikers @gmail.com
Marcia 490-2421,Michael 719-3368,
Jamal 761-1889,Robin 681-1389,
Camille 620-314, Michelle 726-5195,
,Petronilla 342-1072, Pooran 764-2041
Dennis 678-2768, Adrian 349-9316,
Bob 685-5355, Pedro 346-3460
Ian 682-6177, Danny 372-7798