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Hundreds of people turn out to Spotts turtle release

Hundreds of people turned up to Spotts Beach over the weekend to witness 25 green sea turtles being released into the wild. The event was held to mark 50 years of conservation at Cayman Turtle Centre and it was done in a collaboration with the Pirates Week Committee.

This remembrance weekend was quite memorable for turtle lovers and pirates alike as the Cayman Turtle Centre celebrated 50 years of conservation with the release of 25 turtles into the wild.

“We have now released an excess of 1300 turtles this year a combination of yearlings, and older two years 3 years and hatchlings,” said Mr. Adam.

The Turtle Centre and the Pirates Week Committee collaborated for the event. They last partnered to release turtles back in 2011 but Pirates Week Committee executive director Melanie McField said that has changed.

“So it’s been several years now since we haven’t had the turtle release and it’s officially back,” said Ms. McField.

It came back with a bang as an overwhelming number of turtle fans converged on Spotts Beach on Sunday (11 November.)

Cayman Turtle Centre managing director Tim Adam hailed the event’s success.

“To Ms. Melanie McField and her team who has been working to created the publicity to engage people and to stimulate people to come here. They were inspired to come and they came in the hundreds possibly in the thousand,” said Mr. Adam.

Visitor Tcee Lee said she was happy to witness the releasing of the turtles.

“Id love to come back coming to see the turtle release for me is awesome cause we live in the united states and we are here for the pirates week of course but to come and see some of the things that they are doing for nature is amazing,” she said.

Resident Viktoria Toth said with these turtles out in the wild people should be more mindful about littering in Cayman’s waters.

“We can all do a little bit to help the turtle life after they have been released and reuse our plastic,” said Ms. Toth.

The event also took time to honor veterans on the 11th hour of 11 November.

There has been no confirmation on when the next turtle release will be held, but Pirates Week officials said they have the event on their calendar for next year’s festival.

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Seaford Russell jr.

Seaford Russell jr.

Seaford Russell Jr. joined Cayman 27 in the spring of 2018. He started off as a part-time photographer but thanks to his hard-work, dedication and eye for photography, he was offered a full-time position as a reporter trainee. Seaford is committed to bringing the people of Cayman informative and balanced news about what’s happening in the community.

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