Did you know there is still a perfectly legal turtle hunting season in the British Virgin Islands?
Neither did Karl Pytlik, with the Caribbean Oceanic Restoration and Education Foundation, and he’d like to find a way to put a stop to it.
“These are endangered animals that frequent U.S. and British waters and are a huge draw for our tourists, ” says Karl. “My goal is to get enough awareness out there before it starts this year so that no turtles are harmed in the upcoming season. ”
The BVI turtle hunting season runs from December 1 through March 31 and, while hunting loggerhead turtles, leatherback turtles and turtle eggs are banned, it is open season for the Hawskbill turtle and Green turtle.
Karl, who also helps with the Caribbean Lionfish Response Program, has just set up a Facebook page, “End Sea Turtle Hunting Season in the British Virgin Islands. ” Join it if you’d like.
We’ll hear more from Karl about his ideas on how to stop turtle hunting soon.
In the meantime, you can take a swim with a turtle at Leinster Bay, below…