There are many places in the world where you could have the opportunity to do turtle-watching. It is, however, in Trinidad where you’ll be able to catch some of the most touching and beautiful events, where you’ll get to see some of these huge, wonderful creations migrate.
In Trinidad, one can go turtle watching at this time of the year, around the months of March to September. This is the season that giant sea turtles (we’re talking more than 2,000 pounds here) or what many refer to as “gentle sea monsters,” will gather and make their way across the Carribean beaches. This event does not happen all-year round, so if you’re planning on going on a trip to Trinidad, you must take note of the months when they will surface.
The other types of turtles that you can see in Trinidad are Green Turtles, Loggerheads, Olive Ridleys, and Hawksbills. One of the biggest highlights, however, are the Leatherback turtles.
Before we tell you about the spot where this magical event happens, let us walk you through some very interesting things about these beautiful creatures.
Having nicknames such as “aquatic dinosaurs” or “living dinosaurs,” the leatherback giant sea turtles have been around for more than 150 million years. They are the only living species of the genus Dermochelys, and are the largest of all living sea turtles (as well as one of the largest living reptiles) in the world. However, because of threats in climate change, pollution, and habitat loss, the leatherback turtle is now considered endangered and is facing extinction.
Where to See Them
If you wish to see this breathtaking event, one of the best places to do it is at the Matura Beach, where both locals and visitors go. Aside from simply watching, this is also a place for volunteers and researchers who help out in conserving these beautiful, endangered creatures.
Nature Seekers is a non-profit organization aims to protect and conserve leatherback turtles, and if you decide to go to Matura Beach, you can stay with a local family who would tell you more things about these creatures, and introduce you in their rich culture as well. Nature Seekers works with many locals to patrol the nesting beach, so you will be able to learn many new things from them.
Another place to see the nesting leatherback turtles is over at the rural village of Grande Riviere. This nesting beach at the norther coast of Trinidad is where thousands of leatherbacks go to during the nesting season. The Grande Riviere Nature Tour Guide Association is the group that leads the conservation efforts.
Have you ever considered being witness to an event that has been happening for millions of years? Watching these turtles lay their eggs and make their way to the calm Trinidad waters is truly a magical thing to experience, and because helping out in conserving them is possible, taking a trip here will certainly be rewarding.