On April 10th, 2021 beachgoers and other spectators witnessed an unusual daytime leatherback sea turtle nesting event, taking place on the beach in front of Casa del Mar Aruba Beach Resort. After the nesting took place, the eggs were relocated to a safer location on the beach and sectioned off with barriers by the Turtugaruba Foundation. According to the foundation, this female leatherback sea turtle has visited the shores of Aruba before, back in 2015. During the 2015 nesting season, it is reported she laid a total of six nests.
Leatherback sea turtles are the largest sea turtle species and are known to be the most migratory, crossing both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. They usually lay their eggs during nighttime, making this daytime nesting event rather astonishing.
If you are ever to come across sea turtle tracks or nests on the beach, please keep your distance and contact the Turtugaruba Foundation or Aruba Reef Care Foundation, so that they can be properly protected and monitored.
For more information on sea turtles contact the Turtugaruba Foundation.