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Nature's Gift: Turtles around the World

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Central America
"You get to the end of the road . . . make sure you lock your car. Follow the beach down to a bunch of white tents. You can’t miss it.” We’d heard those words before, and we’d proved our inalienable right to, indeed, miss what could not be missed....
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Laniakea Beach, North Shore, HI 96712, USA
More commonly known as Turtle Beach, this Oahu North Shore cove often attracts honu, aka Chelonia mydas, the largest of the hard-shelled sea turtles. These big, friendly giants can reach 400 pounds as adults and are herbivorous, feeding primarily...
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HONOKEANA COVE RENTAL ASS’N LLC, 5255 Lower Honoapiilani Rd, Lahaina, HI 96761, USA
People define Aloha in many different ways. I think of Aloha as a state of peacefulness that comes from an appreciation for the beauty and fragility of life, combined with compassion and respect for the people and creatures we live among. When I...
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Zona Industrial, San Miguel de Cozumel, Q.R., Mexico
While in Cozumel Mexico this past November I had an opportunity of a lifetime! I had originally planned to visit Tulum Mayan ruins while our cruise ship stopped in Cozumel but INSTANTLY changed my mind when I found out we could participate in an...
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Playa del Carmen, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Isla Mujeres, home to a protected sea turtle hatching area, is the perfect place to visit for nature lovers. The turtle hatchery is dedicated to their conservation and ensures the population is sustained. The small place is typically crowd-free...
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Kosgoda, Sri Lanka
We were lucky to arrive at the Sea Turtle Hatchery near Hiddaruwa, Sri Lanka, just in time to place tiny, freshly hatched turtles into a water tank for their first swim.
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Ambergris Caye, Belize
Rent a golf cart in San Pedro, grab a towel, and head off on a day of adventure. Locals will likely send you to the island's "Secret Beach" when asked where to head for a quiet day on some pristine sand. Bring a map and $10 Belizean ($5 U.S.) to...
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The Galapagos Islands are known around the world for the famous, endemic wildlife found there. An amazing eighty-percent of all land-based animals on the archipelago are only found there, thanks to its isolation from the rest of the world. Of all...
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786 N W Point Rd, West Bay, Cayman Islands

While placing plenty of emphasis on its namesake creatures, the conservation-driven Turtle Centre is also home to sharks and barracuda—and one very large saltwater croc. Though there’s typically a fence or pane between you and the...

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Stuart, FL, USA
These are the tracks of a sea turtle. She slowly made her way up to dry sand on the beach. After spending hours using her flippers to make a hole in the sand, she laid her eggs. She then crawled her way back to the sea and will return next year to...
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1200 SE MacArthur Blvd, Stuart, FL 34996, USA
On South Hutchinson Island beaches many sea turtles return each year and lay their eggs. Sea Turtle nesting season is March 1 to November 15. The huge turtles drag themselves up on the beach to dry sand and with their flippers they carve out a...
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Bangkok, Thailand
I had already begged a woman to write down the name of her ground—what, pork?—dish that first melted my brain. She scratched a couple Thai words on my notepad. Later, I learned she’d written “lunch.” Bangkok’s...
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Apo Island, Dauin, Negros Oriental, Philippines
The Philippines is an archipelago made up of more than seven thousand islands, many have never been named and only about one thousand of them are inhabited. These locally made outrigger boats known as a Bangka can vary in size and are widely used...