WaterLovers
Beach Resort

WaterLovers
On August the 31st 2012, during a full moon night, a female Leatherback turtle weighing approximately 180 kg came to nest on our beach.
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RELOCATING TURTLE NEST AT WATERLOVERS

On August the 31st 2012, during a full moon night, a female Leatherback turtle weighing approximately 180 kg came to nest on our beach.

Unfortunately the nest was located in a risky area so we decided, with the help of the Watamu Turtle Watch and Marine Biologist Brandon Sitzman, (a guest at Waterlovers), to relocate the nest and place it at Waterlovers itself.

We carefully followed all the detailed instructions from the Watamu Turtle Watch and 139 eggs were relocated.

Turtles nests on average incubate for 60 days, so we were expecting eggs to hatch between end of October and beginning of November. A depression in the sand above the sand area started to appear on 1st of November meaning that the hatchlings were on the move.

On November 7th at 17:50 pm, 68 days after the nest was relocated, babies started to emerge. At first one alone came out, was a little bit disoriented and took some time to reach the water. Then suddenly, all the others together emerged and headed straight for the water. We let the hatchlings walk down the water by themselves as they “imprint” on the sand and this allows females to return to the same beach to nest when mature but we monitored till the last one was safely in the ocean as crabs and birds could have fed on them.

This was an amazing experience which all our guests and friends came to witness. A special thanks to all those who assisted and involved themselves in this process, it was truly special!!!

See below the pictures of this amazing experience.

Thanks to our guests and friends Hansjorg Bessler and Ve Kessen for shooting them!