There is something so graceful about sea turtles as they glide through the water. It’s a sight not many people can claim to have as this animal enjoys traveling and staying on the move. They are known to swim thousands of miles every year; although there are other species that are known to be homebodies and swim in shallow waters. Since 2005 there has been a determined effort to protect these animals from becoming extinct. The Caribbean Islands and Bolongo Bay are two of the staunchest supporters of the sea turtle.
One of the ways used to raise awareness of the plight of the sea turtles is to encourage visitors to the Caribbean to swim alongside them. It’s a beautiful, inspiring experience to see them up close in their natural habitat.
Are They Dangerous?
Sea turtles don’t have teeth but they are large. The smallest adult sea turtle would be less than 100 pounds but there are some species like the Leatherback that can grow as heavy as 1,200 pounds! The smaller young sea turtles usually venture out on their own by the time they are the size of a 9 inch dinner plate.
The females like to stay close to shore so you won’t have to swim far to catch a glimpse of them or even swim alongside them. In most cases, you are more of a danger to the sea turtles than they are to you. They can bite hard even without teeth but they usually are one of the safest sea creatures to be around in the ocean.
Tips to Swimming with Sea Turtles
- Since sea turtles breathe through their lungs, they have to come up for air which makes it easier to spot them. However, don’t attempt to hold your breath as long as they do since they can last underwater for as long as 5 hours without having to surface.
- If you see a sea turtle suddenly dive deep, this is the sign of a hungry turtle looking for food. These are their normal hunting habits when they’re hungry and looking for food. They eat plants, animals, or both depending on the species. The type of beak a sea turtle has will give you clues as to its favorite type of dinner. Sea turtles with the sharp beaks eat shell fish like crabs and shrimp; the sea turtles with the pointed beaks like to eat sponges which hide in coral reefs; the ones with jagged edged beaks love to nibble on plants and algae; and the sea turtles with the soft beak eat jellyfish.
- Being strong swimmers, they have a cruising speed of up to 2 kilometer per hour for the green sea turtles or 9 kilometers per hour for the Leatherbacks.
- If you happen to see a sea turtle “crying,” don’t be alarmed! Sea turtles don’t cry but they do excrete excess salt from their body through their eyes
One of the highlights of being in the Caribbean is visiting Turtle Cove in the US Virgin Islands. Book a ticket for a day cruise on Heavenly Days and you will not only get a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with sea turtles, but you will see firsthand the one of the most amazing and colorful underwater wildlife in the world. At Turtle Cove, experience the natural beauty of the island including great places to eat, drink, swim, fish, go kayaking or even snorkeling. Just to name a few…
Tired of the demands of your daily routine? Then it’s time to rejuvenate! Book your trip for an all inclusive visit to Bolongo Bay and Turtle Cove to get away from the hassles of a busy life. Incredible adventures that are certain to put that spring back into your walk.
Wednesday03 Jul 2013