Sea Turtle Watching Tips

 

The next time you go on vacation near the ocean, be sure to research our Turtle Travel Guide to reduce your impact on these endangered species.  

Turtle watching on a nesting beach or in the water is an inspiring experience that can be a benefit to conservation efforts. However, done without care and guidance, it can also harm them and their habitat.

Whenever you travel, be sure learn about the specific regulations in that location.

Turtle Nesting Beaches

Turtle Nesting Beaches

Coastal Waters

Coastal Waters

Responsible Travel Tips

Responsible Travel Tips

 

Top 10 Turtle Watching Tips

1. Take a turtle conservation tour with SEE Turtles or volunteer with a turtle conservation project.

2. Clear beaches and water of plastic and other litter, even if it’s not yours; sea turtles often confuse plastic for food.

3. Females like their nesting beaches dark and quiet; avoid flash pictures, strong flashlights, fires, loud noises, vehicles and even light-colored clothing.

4. Hire local guides; they will best know where and how to spot them and prevent stress to them once found.

5. Do not feed wildlife. It can make them sick and more vulnerable to harm from people.

6. When boating in the ocean, slow down when wildlife is present and avoid anchoring in sensitive coral reefs and seagrass beds.

7. Choose to eat local and sustainable seafood caught with environmentally-friendly fishing gear – preferably troll or hook and line.

8. Maintain a respectful distance in the water and on nesting beaches.

9. Reduce your carbon footprint while on vacation. Climate change affects ocean wildlife by altering their habitat and affecting their food sources.

10. Donate to save hatchlings through Billion Baby Turtles.

 

Photo credits: Neil Ever Osborne