Barbados Ecology and Wildlife
You can swim with them as they feed amongst the coral. A good way to do this is with a sailboat or catamaran tour and snorkelling picnic. If you are in Barbados at the right time you may even take a moonlight cruise to see turtles nesting. Pregnant turtles come out of the water to lay their eggs in the soft sand along the shore. So if you are in a turtle nesting area, walk gentle. When the eggs hatch the tiny new turtles emerge from the sand and make their way to sea. If you are lucky you might see them on a moonlight cruise.
The Barbados Sea Turtle Project (BSTP)
The Barbados Sea Turtle Project (BSTP) was started in 1987 to promote conservation of sea turtles in Barbados. It is a joint activity of the Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus and the Fisheries Division of the Government of Barbados. The BSTP relies upon the co-operation of the general public, particularly hotel staff and guests, and other persons living and working near the beach, to monitor nesting and hatching activity during the turtle season (April – December). Activities undertaken to conserve Barbados’ Sea Turtle populations by BSTP personnel include the following:
Project personnel are also actively involved in conducting extensive public education programmes on sea turtles and promoting increased awareness about sea turtle conservation in Barbados.