By learning more about sea turtles and the threats they face, you have already made a positive step toward protecting them.
These are a few things you can do to help sea turtles here in Bermuda:
- If you find a sick or injured turtle in Bermuda waters, notify the Bermuda Aquarium’s Rehabilitation Centre immediately by calling 441-293-2727, Press #999
- Remember that we share the beach and ocean with many other creatures, including sea turtles.
- Be aware and keep a keen eye out for turtles, egg shells or turtle tracks on the beach and report any findings to the Bermuda Aquarium.
- Never disturb or harass nesting turtles by making noise, shining lights on them, or trying to touch or ride them.
- Don’t pollute in any way.
- Rehabilitated turtles are used for educational purposes at the Bermuda Aquarium, Musuem and Zoo.
Do not drop anchors in seagrass beds or coral reefs and avoid any actions that may cause harm to these turtle habitats.
- Be careful while boating to avoid collisions with turtles. Cruise slowly and enjoy the environment around and under you.
- Never throw trash, especially fishing line or plastic bags, in the water or on the beach as turtles may mistake these items for food or entangle themselves.
- Don’t use balloons, especially helium balloons, at your celebrations because they often end up in the sea.
- To learn about the Bermuda Zoological Society, visit the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo website.
- To learn more about sea turtle conservation strategies overseas and to find other links for sea turtles, visit the Sea Turtle Conservancy website.
- Support the Bermuda Turtle Project.