(CMR) The Department of Environment is urging persons who plan to build structures along coastal areas to contact the department for guidance after a large nesting green sea turtle was affected by a low cement seawall recently.
According to the DoE, earlier this month, a nesting green sea turtle tried to climb over a low cement seawall but fell off back onto the sand, turning onto her back in the process. A family visiting Grand Cayman found her and managed to get her turned right side up so she could make her way back to sea.
“We extend a HUGE THANK YOU to Bill, Debi and Anton Schneiderwind for helping this beautiful turtle, whom they’ve named “Naomi,” make it safely to the sea. Turning over a 300-400lb sea turtle is no easy feat,” the DoE stated on Facebook.
If anyone finds a sea turtle in distress, please call the DoE's 24/7 hotline anytime, day or night at +1 (345) 938-NEST so that assistance can be rendered and the incident logged.
Anyone considering plans to build structures, particularly along coastal areas, is invited to email the DoE's Environmental Management Unit on [email protected] early in the process. The department will offer advice on how to build sustainably while minimizing your impact on native wildlife, like our incredible nesting sea turtles.