Sea Turtle Watching
Sea turtles are among the cutest animals populating our seas. It doesn’t come as a surprise that both divers and snorkelers are always very happy to spot them and swim with them.
These reptiles (like crocodiles and snakes) have existed for over 150 million years. That’s long enough to have seen the rise and demise of dinosaurs.
As you’ve probably already guessed, sea turtles have adapted their bodies to live in the oceans. In fact, they spend about 96% of their lives at sea. There are seven species of sea turtle:
We can interact with sea turtle by swimming, by watching females laying their eggs at the beach or when they born, and being observers we must respect them.
For this reason, in collaboration with Kristina Loosen from Olive Ridley Project and Brad Nahill from SEE Turtles, we have created rules of conduct that aim to protect sea turtles. The standard is applicable to all tour operators who want to do responsible tourism and protect sea turtles.
Friend of the Sea Sustainable Sea Turtle Watching standard seeks to minimise unintentional disturbance through key principles of conduct.
Friend of the Sea criteria for Sustainable Sea Turtle Watching require:
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