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Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, Park Bay
Categories: Wildlife Areas, Landmarks, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots
Glimpse sea turtles up close at Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary, a sanctuary dedicated to the conservation and protection of endangered turtles. Observe the creatures in several pools--each one houses a different species. The turtles are raised here until they are 14 inches long and then released into the ocean. The owner offers valuable insight and knowledge, teaching visitors the value of a healthy environment and how they can help save all types of endangered species from extinction. See Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary and all Park Bay has to offer by arranging your trip with our Park Bay tourist route planner.
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Best part of bequia! Holding turtles and see babies! Truly worth the experience. Many of the taxis will take you over to there and the whaling museum for ten usd.
I hated seeing the turtles here. The little ones are biting each other and the big ones just look sad trapped for years and years in small tanks. I thought it was good for the turtles but on seeing th... read more »
well worth a visit if it is not too busy. great to hear the stories from the owner who has made it a lifetime challenge
Small privately run conversation project, in a real beauty spot. The turtles look well cared for and the staff were friendly and informative.
I think because a few people like to hunt turtles against the law, this is a wise idea to protect them. A nice place to see turtles grow in safety until they are ready to be released back into the ocean.
I visited this supposed sanctuary in Bequia 3 yrs ago & have never forgotten it. I would call it a turtle prison, heartbreaking. The ex fisherman who runs it is scamming to make money, I have absolutely no doubt about it. The converted turtle hunter breeds turtles & keeps these turtles for up to 9 yrs in sterile, featureless tanks, waiting for the time he decides to deliver them to the sea. He has many huge tanks, each tank holding turtles of different ages. Imagine spending years in a tank, crowded with other turtles, then suddenly being faced with the world of the ocean! The fisherman tells me it is to give them the chance of surviving. I say he does it for show for the paying tourists. He even has one turtle that he proudly told me is his 'pet' which he keeps by itself in a plain opaque tank, one foot all around bigger than it is. He at that time said he had had it of 9 yrs. It just sits in the tank, nothing to do, that is it, for yeeeeaaars, for its whole sad life. I left the place feeling sick & angry. I later attended a party I was invited to in a lovely house on a hill. The host asked me what I thought of the sanctuary. I told him & he said 'I am glad some one feels the way I do about that place' There are no animal rights advocates on the island of Bequia, I spent a lot of holiday time trying to save a trio of starving, tied up dogs, but there was no animal care institution to turn to. No one therefore, is watching Old Hegg Turtle 'Sanctuary.
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