Scheduled Date: Saturday 2nd July, 2016
Trinidad and Tobago for such a small country we have a wealth of Natural Resources unlike any other, and it is the duty of each citizen to protect their environment for future generations.
Annually, during the months of February to July, the leatherback turtles frequent the North Coast and Eastern Beaches. They travel under the sea thousands for miles to return to their birthplace to nest. 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 shield 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 eggs incubation period can last from 60 to 70 days, and the sex of the hatchlings 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 light 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 carefully covers the nest with sand and returns to the ocean.
Nature Seekers of Matura are trained guides, who conduct tours and patrol the beach. They protect the turtles and their hatchlings as well as label them for future observation. During the nesting season a permit required by the 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. At one time due to heavy poaching, the leatherback turtle once considered an endangered species however because of protective efforts and awareness the numbers have increased.
Island Hikers turtle watching tour to Matura Beach on Saturday 1st July 2017.
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