The beaches of Jumby Bay have long been a haven for nesting Hawksbill Sea Turtles. Each year, Jumby Bay welcomes home sea turtles who return to nest on the resort’s protected nesting areas on Pasture Bay Beach from June until November. Launched in 1986, the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Project’s mission is to seek a better understanding of the life, history and population of endangered Hawksbill Sea Turtles, by creating a foundation for successful conservation. The longest running program of its kind, the project shares its findings through school-based public awareness programs, partnerships with local conservation organizations, and a host of activities at Jumby Bay, including turtle watches. Island residents and guests of the resort are able to take part in these fascinating turtle watches, and many are so inspired by the experience that they donate to the Jumby Bay Hawksbill Project to ensure it continues. www.jbhp.org.
As sea turtles only come ashore to nest, virtually everything known about them is based on the nesting females and their offspring. Many questions remain about their feeding grounds and migratory routes. Applying satellite transmitters to the turtles allows researchers to identify where these marvellous sea creatures go between nesting events and develop strong management strategies for their conservation.
Through Jumby Bay’s Adopt-A-Turtle program, donors can adopt individual turtles. Participants may choose a name for their hawksbill to replace the turtle’s alphanumerical flipper tag designation, and they receive a certificate with the turtle’s information and photo. Jumby Bay notifies each donor when their adoptee returns to the island to nest and when her hatchlings emerge from the sand. Using satellite tracking, donors can also follow their turtle on her travels throughout the Caribbean.