Sea Turtles are a fascinating group of animals; well adapted for marine life, these reptiles have thrived on the planet for many millions of years. Unfortunately, nearly all species of extant sea turtle are currently facing the threat of extinction, and it is up to us to help save them – this is exactly what facilities like the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery aim to do.
Visiting the Hatchery
For those who decide to visit on their trip to Bentota, the Kosgoda Hatchery often ends up being quite the highlight. The facility is should be close by if you’re staying at any major resort in Bentota, making it an easily accessible excursion. For instance, the Shingawa Beach Hotel in Bentota is only a quick 8km away from the hatchery.
Turtle Conservation in Sri Lanka
The waters of Sri Lanka are home to five species of turtle – this includes the colossal leatherback turtle and the beautiful hawksbill turtle. Kosgoda is one of the few places on the island that all five of these species use as a nesting location. The Kosgoda Hatchery takes great measures to increase the hatching rate and the subsequent survival of baby turtles. Additionally, sick and injured individuals are treated, rehabilitated and released back into the wild.
How the Hatchery Operates
Hatchery staff patrols the beaches as the mother turtles come ashore to lay eggs, ensuring their safety. Once the egg laying process has been completed and the mothers have all left, the staff collects the eggs and relocates them to a safe area free of predators and human activity. These eggs will then hatch in around 45-60 days at which point the babies are immediately released into the ocean barring any complications.
What’s There to Do
By visiting the Kosgoda Hatchery you not only get the chance to meet various sea turtles up close, but you also get the opportunity to learn about these amazing animals. In fact, you can even volunteer to get first-hand experience with turtle conservation.