Sea turtles (and breeding) on Klein Curacao
Although not many people know about it, Klein Curacao is really worth a visit on your next trip to Curacao! This small island has a lot to offer, such as the iconic, special lighthouse and the various shipwrecks around the island. However, did you know that you can also see sea turtles on Klein Curacao?
The turtles of Klein Curacao
When you take a beach walk on Klein Curacao, you run the risk of encountering sea turtles. The reason the turtles can be seen so close to the coast is because there are plants growing under water here that they like to eat. This ensures that you don’t necessarily have to look for sea turtles underwater in the sea, but that you can already see them from a few meters away! The nice thing about these turtles is that they are now used to tourists, so they are not afraid of you and therefore do not run away. Be careful with the turtles though! It is important that you do not touch them, as they cannot withstand human germs and viruses. Just touching them can make them sick. They also look very sweet, but if you make a turtle angry, it can easily bite your finger off so watch out! You have the best chance of seeing the turtles on the right side of the beach during your walk on Klein Curacao.
See sea turtles in the water
Another way to see the sea turtles is to go snorkelling along the coast. You can float along here without scaring them, and you can see the turtles up close in their natural habitat. When you plan to go diving around Klein Curacao you can also see sea turtles! Diving in a reef is especially beautiful. In addition to the sea turtles, you can also see all kinds of colorful fish, sponges and coral!
Breeding sea turtles
When sea turtles live somewhere, they must of course also be able to breed somewhere. This is what the sea turtles of Klein Curacao do on the beach. For this they first look for a suitable, quiet place and then they lay their eggs in a nest. When the eggs hatch, the baby sea turtles climb out of their nest and head toward the sea. Not only 4 to 5 turtles come from such a nest, but often dozens of baby turtles come from one nest! Always keep a distance when you see a nest with turtle eggs, because it is an endangered species and it is therefore important that the animals can reproduce and live undisturbed and safely.