Today, two of the seven sea turtle species in the world’s seas nest and lay their eggs in the Mediterranean, Caretta Caretta and Green sea turtle.
Turkey is one of the most important nesting areas of these species in the Mediterranean. In particular, more than half of the population of Green sea turtles is nesting in Turkey.
Every year in early summer, Caretta Caretta sea turtles come to lay their eggs on the beach where they themselves hatched, nest between 50-150 eggs by digging.
After hatching approximately two months later, baby turtles begin to walk towards to the sea is full of with danger. Baby turtles begin to life alone, but nature has equipped them with the knowledge they need to do. However, it is not enough reaching the sea for survival. Only one turtle of every 1000 babies can reach puberty.
Come and see the 100 million-year journey of the Caretta Caretta sea turtles on the Mediterranean coast of Turkey.
These amazing creatures on our planet going back to the beach to lay their eggs every year. Caretta Caretta sea turtles visit almost 20 beaches in Turkey.
The major nesting areas of the Caretta Caretta sea turtles in Turkey;
- Belek, Side, Kumluca, Cirali, Tekirova, Patara, Kale, Demirtas, Kizilot, Kas (Antalya)
- Anamur, Davultepe, Goksu Delta, Alata, Kazanli, Gazipasa (Mersin)
- Samandag (Hatay)
- Marmaris, Dalaman, Dalyan (Iztuzu Beach), Fethiye, Ekincik (Mugla)
- Yumurtalik, Akyatan (Adana)
- Kusadasi (Aydin)
If you find yourself having a holiday in Turkey, then take the chance to go to these beaches and see for yourself why the areas are marvelous places for the Caretta Caretta sea turtles to live.
Studies of the turtles along all Turkey’s shores have been launched, and over 20 sand beaches of foremost importance as breeding grounds for turtles are kept under constant observation by the Turtle Preservation Committee.
Sea Turtle Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Centres
Caretta Caretta loggerhead sea turtles lay their eggs at Iztuzu Beach every year, one of top beaches in the world. You can find several rescue and rehabilitation centres in Turkey, which can be visited by guided tour, has saved dozens of loggerhead and green turtles.