The oldest known sea turtle fossil dates back 150 million years. Which makes them one of the oldest creatures in the world. The great feature of the Caretta Caretta, which travel more than 15,000 km per year, is that they hatch to lay eggs and return to the beach, where they see the world for the first time.
Female Caretta Carettas produce about 150 eggs every 2-3 years. In a few months, offspring appear. Once the cubs have left the nest, they have to overcome many dangers until they reach the sea. One of them is the garbage of people. They have to jump over them with their index finger votes, not be fed to various animals, especially crabs, or go into the sea immediately to avoid too much exposure to the sun. Already, only 1 in 1,000 offspring has access to adulthood.
Caretta, which weigh average weight of 70 – 140 kg, can grow up to 1 meter in length and live for 70 years.
Caretta is in danger of extinction and humans pose the greatest danger to them. They are losing their habitat, especially due to fishing nets and unconscious hunting.
In Iztuzu Beach, Caretta is the most important breeding beach in the world. That's why people can't enter Iztuzu beach between 8:00 p.m. and 8:00 in the morning. During the period of breeding, that is, laying eggs, pets are certainly not allowed here either. Because they may dig up the sand and damage the eggs.
Last note, no species of turtle on Earth has teeth anymore! But their jaws are quite strong and believe me, you don't want to be bitten! So don't feed them!
Dalyan is a place where you can see these unique creatures up close. There's a good chance you'll come across one of them while swimming on the Iztuzu coast. You can also visit Caretta Hospital within Dalyan borders, get a close look at the Sea Turtles, especially Caretta Caretta, who is being treated here, and get an idea of their lives...