We have had a very busy Turtle Season at The Inn this past summer and first few months of fall. Recently, some of our guests experienced a special life event as they participated in our turtle hatchings between our beach and a “turtle beach” located in Oracabessa (about fifteen minutes drive heading East).
With our “turtle whisperer” Mel Tennant who is always on call, our guests can learn about the endangered hawksbill sea turtles. Mel is extremely passionate when it comes to preserving the turtle population and monitors the coast at night to ensure that if a turtle comes in, all will run smoothly. He also trains staff members on how to secure the nests of “Mama Turtles,” track when to expect a hatching and release the baby turtles properly .
Due to the success of the The Oracabessa Turtle Project started by Mel, we now have seen a huge increase in nests and hatchlings — over 100 nests and 16,000 hatchlings recorded in the last year.
Turtle Hatching Season
Visitors to Mel’s “Turtle Beach” in Oracabessa can witness a nest release. Turtles are unleashed from the nest at a specific time that maximizes the percentage of eggs that hatch and get to the sea. We recently had a wonderful excursion with 149 turtle releases, and our guests fully participated in the process. All of the turtles made it safely into the water to continue with their journey, except a few baby turtles that were not quite ready to go and were put back into their nests.
If this is an experience you would like to participate in, please contact our Front Desk. Based on the timing for turtle releases at Oracabessa beach, we can let you know the best time to plan your visit. In addition, we will continue to post when releases are expected this summer at The Inn.
We are pleased to share that The Jamaica Inn Foundation continues to support Mel and his turtle project. For more information, please email Jeanine at firstname.lastname@example.org.