Cyprus Turtles

17 10 2009

cyprus turtleRecently I was with my family in Cyprus on holiday. We are all keen snorkelers and scuba divers and were taking the opportunity to enjoy the warm, blue waters of the mediterranean. My family were keen to see the cyprus turtles having read about turtle watching in cyprus on the plane so they paid out for a scuba diving trip having been promised that it was the right time of year to see turtles. They had a very enjoyable time diving off the coast of Cyprus. Sadly though the turtles eluded them!

A few days later we went snorkeling in a small harbour near Paphos. Suddenly one of us spotted a little head dart out of the water in the distance. We all swam over cautiously and there it was. A Cyprus turtle. Nestled down into the silt bed, it occasionally swam to the surface for a breath of air. We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to swim next to it and gently touch its mossy shell. cyprus turtles

We went back to the same spot a few more times and each time the turtle was there. It really made our holiday to see a Cyprus turtle. Getting to swim with a turtle was such a wonderful experience that we all got involved in pulling out plastic bags and rubbish from the sea bed. Turtles often mistake plastic bags for jelly fish and it kills them. Next time you are in the sea spare a thought for the Cyprus turtles and turtles worldwide and take the time to pull some plastic bags out of the water.




3 responses

19 10 2009

I think this post’s message about removing plastic bags from the sea is a very worthy message indeed. It is something we can all do – remove plastic bags when we swim in the sea. Obviously, it would be very nice if we did not have lazy people feeding their faces and then just leaving the plastic containers and bags on the beach to be swept away. More bins on beaches, more intelligent use of same by people and compassionate willingness to remove the evidence of selfish habits would ensure these gorgeous creatures get on with their gentle, non-intrusive lives. Let’s all try to be more gentle and non-intrusive – the world will be a better place for it!

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