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#AToZJamaicaChallenge: T is for Turtle

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Thanks for writing this piece on turtles, Emma! They are not warm & fuzzy creatures, but are, as you say, wondrous & fascinating!

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I have only seen a sea turtle once – a Green Turtle, from a glass-bottomed boat in Negril. It was a fleeting glimpse of a fascinating creature, which looked like a painted mechanical toy.

Hawksbill Sea Turtle nesting beach at Manatee Bay in the Portland Bight Protected Area - now threatened by a port development. (Photo: Mike Fouraker) Hawksbill Sea Turtle nesting beach at Manatee Bay in the Portland Bight Protected Area – now threatened by a port development. (Photo: Mike Fouraker)

A female sea turtle returns to the sea after laying her eggs. (Photo: TripAdvisor/Oracabessa) A female sea turtle returns to the sea after laying her eggs. (Photo: TripAdvisor/Oracabessa Foundation)

Sea turtles were once abundant in Jamaica. In the 17th century, and especially in the Port Royal area, there was a “turtle industry.” When caught, they were kept alive in a “turtle crawle” – a hollowed-out enclosure near the sea, where the turtles could swim freely but could not escape; rather like the Dolphin Cove tourist attractions today, except the wild dolphins are required to perform tricks, not be eaten. Turtles were also shipped to England, and…

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One thought on “#AToZJamaicaChallenge: T is for Turtle

  1. Thank you, Susan – no, not cuddly exactly. But in need of our care and protection!

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