Take a walk with a turtle, and behold the world in pause.
– Bruce Feiler
On December 27, 2016, at around 5:30 in the afternoon, Camayan Beach Resort was venue to another awe-inspiring event. Resort guests and staff were treated to a rare sight as 91 Olive Ridley sea turtle hatchlings were successfully released. This is the first of seven Olive Ridley nests that are currently under the care and monitoring of the resort’s lifeguards and Ocean Adventure’s aquarists. Hatchlings are expected to emerge from the other nests in January and February.
Tagged as a threatened species, female Olive Ridleys typically return to the very same beach from where they first hatched to lay eggs. Thus, for many years, the shore of Camayan Beach Resort has been the nesting ground of many generations of Olive Ridleys. Yearly, these resident turtles go back “home” to lay eggs in the hopes that the next generation will survive the many threats to their species.
The annual return of Olive Ridleys is testament to the success of Camayan Beach Resort’s efforts to keep its waters and shore safe and clean, not only for its valued guests, but also for its VIP sea turtle residents whom they share the environment with. It is quite a privilege to be able to provide a safe environment for Olive Ridleys.
They do not only inspire us to continue with our efforts to conserve and protect the environment, but also gives us reason to believe in the power of “home”. For wherever they may head out to, whatever adventures they chance upon, they make it a point to always return to the place where they first opened their eyes and found paradise.