DID YOU KNOW…
that naturally only 1 turtle hatching out of 1000 makes it to adulthood and reproduces? While this may seem very small, this has worked for millions of years and turtles had healthy populations throughout this time. It is humans building in nesting areas, hunting them for their meat, hitting them with boats and filling the oceans with plastic which drastically reduces their numbers. So join us and help to protect the turtles while they are at their most vulnerable.
WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP?
Make a difference by just following these 3 simple guidelines:
Touching turtles or trying to feed them is a definite no-no. While it may see hard the turtles shell is the equivalent to its skin and like many marine creatures has a layer of mucus around it to protect it from harmful bacteria in the water. Any contact with the turtle breaks this barrier and not only lets this bacteria in, introduces human bacteria into its system which it may have no defence from. By touching a turtle you transmit the bacteria of your hand onto their shell/skin which can make them very sick.
Keep a 2 meter distance
Did you know that turtles, just like you, need air to breath? Every now and then they will swim up to the surface to catch a breath. Please keep your distance. If there are too many snorkelers around, the turtle can become distressed and go into panic causing it to drown. Please give the turtles space to breath.
We believe lots of small individual actions can have a big impact on the planet. Every time when you leave the beach just simply take 3 pieces of rubbish with you and you’ve already made a difference. While this is good for a whole host of environmental and conservation reasons it is especially important when thinking about turtles. Along with seagrass many turtles eat jellyfish. What looks like jellyfish? Plastic bags. Turtles regularly die from eating plastic bags as they clog up their digestive system causing them to starve. So please pick up your rubbish and try to use less plastic in general.
Curious what we do to help and protect the turtles around the Gili Islands? Read more about our Turtle Identification Program.