WATCHING - SPECIAL INTEREST TOURISM
1992, Marine Turtle Research Group, in conjunction with the
Society for the Protection of Turtles in Northern Cyprus and
the Department for Environmental Protection, has been undertaking
an annual survey, recording the turtles activity during the
the company of the team at Alagadi Beach (30 minutes
drive from Kyrenia) you can share this unique event.
before sunset you join the students at their base, "The Goat
Shed" at Alagadi. First you are given information about the
turles and the project, and then, when darkness falls, you
will be taken down to one of the two Alagadi bays. There you
will wait while the students survey the beaches. As soon as
a female has begun to lay, you are, in slience, allowed to
approach the nesting place. (No photoflashes are allowed at
this impartant time.)
there, before your eyes, you can witness this one hundred
million year old wonder, as soon after the other these mother-of-pearl
shimmering eggs, the size of table tennis balls, are dropped
into the nest cavity.
a lucky night you will be able to experience this unique happening
several times before you return to your hotel, tired but happy.
is indeed not by the female turtles but by the warmth of the
Cyprus sunshine. After about 50 days the small hatchlings
begin to emerge from the surface of their sandy nests.
is another fantastic experience that takes place in some forty
nesting beaches around Northern Cyprus.
are welcome to participate in this event as well to witness
up to a hundred of these amazing little creatures, not more
than 6-7 cm long, fight their way from the nest down to the
sea, is an unforgettable sight. It is sad fact that only one
in thousand survive. Even less would survive if it was not
for the special conversation project taking place here in
North Cyprus concerning this endangered species.
feel it is our responsibility to help these creatures to survive
and to be able to continue, without threat to their nesting
grounds, to visit our island. This has been their home much
longer than it has been ours.
best times to observe the nesting is at the end of June and
beginning of July. To observe the hatching is the best during
end of August and beginning of September.