Five of the seven endangered marine turtle specis visit southern Sri Lankan beaches to feed and nest. They come close inshore to feed on the seaweed growing on the reefs and are seen almost daily in front of the cabanas. Ratna Bar is a great place to sit and watch them very close while enjoying a drink. If you manage to get a good photo of them in the sea please send it to me cos I've seen hundreds but never managed a decent photo.

In recent years the worldwide turtle population has been in serious decline. In Sri Lanka major steps are being taken to arresst this. The are many turtle hatcheries along the coast where the eggs are collected from turtle nests, safely hatched and the babies released to sea when a few days old. A visit to a hatchery is a great day out and you can help put the little ones in the sea. Please support these ventures as they rely on donations for their continued operation. The nearest hatchery is at Habaraduwa which is a short Tuk-Tuk ride away. Ask Eranga to arrange.

Looking for turtles
Baby turtle
Turtle on the beach
Turtle in the tank

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