Sea Turtles

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Two species can be found on the island, the green turtle and the loggerhead (both of which are endangered). Green turtles breed almost exclusively on the desolate, surf-swept beaches of the west coast, north of Paphos, mainly in the Lara area (where there is a seasonal station and ‘hatchery’). Loggerhead turtles are a little more elusive and tend to breed on beaches that provide complete seclusion throughout the night. Turtles are a protected species in Cyprus with a Cyprus Turtle Conservation project in place.

It is often said that turtles have a “lost year”, because scientists are unsure what happens to the little turtles for the first year or so of their lives. Therefore it is interesting that several hatchlings and some young juveniles have been found in Paphos Harbour, or sighted or caught off the Paphos coast. These are signs that bode well for the green turtle in Cyprus.