Situated on Park Beach out past Industry Bay on the north-east coast and, at the end of the road, is this charming hatchling and rearing sanctuary for the endangered Hawksbill Turtle species. This non-profit making ‘labour of love' has been run by Orton 'Brother' King for 20 years now, during which time, ‘Brother' has released many hundreds of young Hawksbill Turtles back into the wild, after having nurtured and watched them grow up in the safety of his dedicated Turtle Sanctuary. Brother King's relationship with the Hawksbill Turtles goes back to his youth and his close ties and charming stories of life above and below the sea, could easily lead an imaginative child to wonder if ‘Brother' had, perhaps, in some fairytale fantasy, originally once swam ashore himself, on the ‘tidewash' of a brightly moonlit night… and with a host of his kindred Turtles, foot-printed his passage onto Bequia's sleepy shores! Well most certainly, the Turtle Sanctuary itself, represents a real life fairytale with Brother King as the hero in this juvenile ‘Rite of passage' for the Hawksbills; and his genuine love and regard for these creatures really shows when he picks one of them up for the visitors to photograph... and you see his face light up with a glowing warmth as he cocks his head to one side and actually talks to the young Turtle! The Turtle Sanctuary is simply a fantastic stop for the younger members of any charter party and Brother King always has lots of time to explain the different stages of the rearing process, the life cycles and habitats of the Hawksbill Turtles in the wild. This is a ‘must do' trip for any shore party taking the time out to see the island. They are open 7 days a wee
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