Bajan Retreats' Turtle Encounter on the beach in Holetown, St James, Barbados


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We had just taken our seats at a beachfront table at Zaccios in Holetown when we spotted a large dark brown shape - dimly illuminated by the restaurant lights – crawling slowly out of the sea nearby:-

Much to the surprise and amazement of us and the other diners and staff there at the time, this soon revealed itself to be a hawksbill turtle:-

She travelled slowly past the front of the restaurant:-


Then she made her way back into the sea. However, within a matter of minutes the turtle reappeared from the sea and once again made her way towards us. Eventually she decided to choose a spot to start digging - in the shade away from the restaurant’s lights - beside a stack of sun-loungers.

She dug for well over an hour before starting to lay her eggs, during which time the restaurant staff called the Barbados Sea Turtle Project people who arrived armed with special red light torches, measuring devices, laptop computers and so on.:-

The Turtle Project people collected the majority of the eggs in a cardboard box and they took them away to the area around Six Men's Bay where they would, hopefully, hatch out after 60 days:-

Another hour passed and the restaurant staff were waiting to close up, but we all stayed on to make sure the turtle managed to cover the remaining eggs and make it back into the sea safely (without 'turning turtle' on the steep slope of sand outside the restaurant !) Not surprisingly she was pretty exhausted by the whole process but, with some help from the restaurant's owner filling the sand back into the hole she had dug, with a few last swishes of her hind flippers she satisfied herself that they were now safely covered, turned and tobogganed down the slope of sand back into the sea and off into the night :-

A truly memorable and amazing experience that we were all so lucky to witness.

For those who are interested, the Turtle Project people have a web site: People can contact them and ask to be alerted to any releases of newly hatched turtles - and then they can go along to witness the event.  


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