Friday, July 30, 2010

Caretta Caretta

Dalyan RiverImage by Simon Grubb via Flickr

The most likely place to find a Loggerhead Sea Turtle in Turkey is Dalyan. Already famous for it's Lycian Tombs, the town has been fortunate enough to sustain a valuable eco-tourist site as well. Conservationists, assisted by David Bellamy, thwarted a development plan for the famous turtle beach there.

Turtles mate in March and April and then generally lay their eggs along the Mediterranean coast in the month of July. The sandy beaches around KızKalesi, where Sybil spends the summer, are also good nesting grounds. They make an appearance in Chapter 7.

Here's a video of some tourists feeding the turtles of Dalyan:


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