The first sighting this year of a nesting Hawksbill turtle was recorded at Vigie Beach today.
The discovery was made by National Conservation Authority (NCA) employees, who promptly summoned representatives of the Fisheries Department.
NCA employee, Joan Felix, disclosed that she and her co-workers have been trained in what to do and not to do in the event that they spot a nesting turtle.
Fisheries Biologist, Shana Emmanuel, disclosed that the Hawksbill turtle is a critically endangered species.
Emmanuel said the nesting season runs from March to November.
The Fisheries Biologist called on citizens who may encounter nesting turtles to call the Fisheries Department.
She explained that interfering with a nesting turtle or being in possession of eggs or turtle meat can result in a five of five thousand dollars.
According to Emmanuel, the Hawksbill turtle on Vigie Beach would have spent about half an hour laying its eggs and another ten minutes covering them up.
She advised persons who encounter such an event to stay as far away as possible from the creature while it is digging a nest, so as not to scare it away.
The Fisheries Official also explained that once the creature has started laying, this is less likely to happen.
Nevertheless she said that it should be approached from the back.
Emmanuel said the turtle would normally lay about 120 eggs.
However she noted that the hatchlings would have a slim chance of survival.