Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary
Belmont Road, Bequia, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines
Old Hegg Turtle Sanctuary Bequia Reviews
A famous visitor attraction in Bequia! May 14, 2010
Renting a one dollar van,we did a two miles drive from Port Elisabeth to the windward side of the island passing by a coconut plantation,an old sugar mill and deserted beaches and arrived in Park Bay where stands the NON PROFIT Old Hegg turtle sanctuary.
It was founded in 1995 by Orton "Brother" King,a native skin-diving fisherman who retired from the ocean at 57 starting with his own ressources and dedicates now his life to saving the turtles in particular the hawksbill ones.
He said:"My project involves monitoring beaches,checking nests,trying to protect mother turtles and eggs from poachers,collecting hatchlings and taking them to my sanctuary to keep them safe during the most vulnerable years of their life"
He have saved more than 2000 three-years olds,released with a special mark(a hole drilled in the back end of the shell.
As a private operation,he receives no other funding than the small visitors' fees and is extremely grateful to any donations...
To see turtles in the wild,Tobago Cays(see my blog) is one of the best places to visit.
Orton G. King
P.O. Box 36
St Vincent & The Grenadines
784 458 3245
Cell 784 493 3231
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