Sea turtles are iconic marine reptiles that date back to the dinosaurs and an important attractor for dive tourism. They are also keystone species with a vital role in the health of the oceans, linking various ecosystems from beaches to seagrass beds and coral reefs. Sea turtles use beaches and the lower dunes to nest and lay their eggs. Before they were protected the turtles and the eggs were a valuable food source.
Turtle population is monitored by nesting surveys, foraging ground surveys and sightings during tourist dives (more...). The nesting season for sea turtles in the Dutch Caribbean roughly lasts from May to January.