Mel Tennant, our local turtle expert, is known by many across Jamaica as “The Turtle Man.” Here at Jamaica Inn, we are particularly grateful for Mel, as we rely on his expertise and efforts with sea turtle activity on our beach.

Mel’s interest in turtle conservation began when the tiny creatures showed up on his property. In 2004, Mel realized the magnitude of the problems surrounding the endangered species and decided to take further action.

Mel Tennant, The Turtle Expert at Jamaica InnMel has made significant strides in educating people on sea turtles, taking action to protect the species and raise population levels through the Oracabessa Bay Turtle Project, an organization he founded in 2005. In 2012, more than 16,000 hatchlings were released from their nests with the help of the project.

Thanks to Mel, we have experienced amazing turtle activity on our beach. Whether you witness a nesting or hatching, both are a miraculous sight you will not want to miss. Visit with us during turtle season and meet the man behind the magic, “The Turtle Man” in person.


12 comments on “Meet “The Turtle Man”

  • Mel, I just saw you on ABC!
    I was watching the Bachelor and I saw you and this awesome baby turtle activity and thought it was so cool! Why did you clean off the baby turtles before releasing them into the ocean?

    I hope to be able to visit Jamaica and you one day in the future!


  • sandra sullivan says:

    Hi, would like to come down and help to release turtles back into the ocean. When is the turtle season? What is the procedure for this project? Thanks, Sandy

  • Marion Briscoe says:

    we will be visiting Jamaica end of april and would like to meet Mel, the turtle man
    can u tell us how.

    When is turtle season?

    • Hello Marion,

      We can of course plan for you to meet Mel when you are here, we may not have a turtle release at that time, but he would love to meet our guests!

  • Tannia miles says:

    Hi, we visit Jamaica in November, would be a dream to have any type of turtle experience, is there a tour with Mel, or how can we get to meet him? Thanks for any help x

  • I will be visiting with my 2 kids and would love to meet Mr Tennant. We love the wonderful work he and his team are doing to ensure the safety of Sea Turtles.

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