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There are several species of turtle in the Turks and Caicos. When snorkelling on the barrier reef the most common species we see is the Hawksbill. This turtle is categorised as Critically Endangered, which is the last category before Extinction.
When we have the good fortune to encounter a sea turtle it is important to remember that they do need to come to the surface to breathe. So if they swim away from you please don’t chase after them! Sometimes they do let you get slowly closer and closer, and if you are very lucky like Pauline you may even have your camera ready:
he Marine Conservation Society from the UK run a fantastic project in the Turks and Caicos where they track Hawksbill and Green turtles using satellite tagging. This provides more information on the life cycle of the turtles so that the Turks and Caicos Islands can better manage it’s traditional turtle fishing. The sea turtles often remain in a very localised area and then suddenly embark on an open water journey for many hundreds of kilometres. Sign on to the MCS website and follow the Turks and Caicos turtles around the Caribbean HERE.