Turtle Watching Season begins today! 🐢
Have you ever seen the magnificient leatherback turtle up close? If you haven’t, here’s everything you need to know to make it happen this year. The main nesting season for local sea turtles runs from March to September of each year. Three of the main nesting beaches are #Matura, #FishingPond and #GrandRivière. These beaches are prohibited and permits are required for turtle viewing.
Applications for Turtle Watching Permits can be obtained at the Forestry Division offices located on Long Circular Road, St James(622-7476), 400 Eastern Main Road, Sangre Grande (668-3825) and Balisier Ave, Pleasantville, San Fernando (657-8391). It is strongly recommended that you go turtle watching with authorized tour guides and tour operators.
A list can be obtained at the Forestry Division offices.
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So turtle watching season has begun again. For the past couple of years I’ve been to several beaches to see these magnificent creatures lay their eggs. It really a mesmerizing experience and I highly recommend that you do this activity.
Above, it was mentioned that Matura, Grand Riviere and Fishing Pond are the main beaches and that you need permits to go there. However, if you don’t have time to get a permit or just don’t want to go through that hassle, try heading to Blanchisseuse, near the Marianne River during the middle of the season.You can park Marianne Beach Resort and there are usually guides/volunteers from the Turtle Village Trust on the beach tagging turtles. If you really want to go off the beaten path, try backpacking to Paria Bay, Grand Tacarib or Madamas Bay (which I usually do) where it’s generally just you and these amazing animals on the beach.