The 23rd May 2019 marks the nineteenth year of World Turtle Day, an initiative set up to help raise awareness of protecting of all species of tortoise and turtle around the globe.
Here in the Dominican Republic, we’re lucky enough that not one but five species of turtles call our waters home, though they’re rarely spotted. Only three species – the Leatherback Turtle, the Green Turtle and the Hawksback Turtle - regularly nest on beaches around the island, and there are under 30 females of each species that are spotted every year.
Climate change and plastic pollution continues to affect their natural habitats, with 8 million tonnes of plastic dumped into the ocean every year. One sea turtle out of two has ingested plastic as they often mistake it for food such as jellyfish, and litter-strewn beaches can prevent hatchlings reaching the sea.
Here at Eden Roc Cap Cana we’re heavily involved in making our resort as sustainable as possible, with no plastic straws or bottles provided or used, and we’re keen to encourage our guests to cut down their plastic consumption too, from plastic bags to ring pulls, and everything in between. Our award-winning private beach is Blue Flag certified and pollution-free, with beach butlers regularly ensuring that no waste reaches the ocean from our resort, but we ask all guests to always be mindful of their possessions, too.
Sea turtles have played vital roles in maintaining the health of the world’s oceans for more than 100 million years, and we hope you’ll join us in spreading the word to protect them and help keep our ocean as plastic-free as possible.