SIX SENSES CON DAO TAKES THE LEAD IN THE PROTECTION OF ENDANGERED GREEN SEA TURTLES
For the past 3 years, Six Senses Con Dao, in collaboration with the Con Dao National Park has been the proud care-taker of 132 nests, releasing 6,793 critically endangered newly hatched green sea turtles into the ocean.
With an above average hatching rate of 75%, it represents the strong commitment that Six Senses Con Dao has in the conservation of these precious species. The process is entire as nature intended; the mama sea turtle instinctively searches for a peaceful, secluded beach to nest, almost untouched by human hands. After creating the perfect nest, by digging a small hollow with her hind legs, the eggs are deposited and she will return to the sea, leaving them to develop on their own.
Having realized the potential harm from the outside environment that the turtles face, Six Sense Con Dao restored its beach to optimize egg laying for the green turtles and help decrease the mortality rate of turtle hatchlings.
Since the temperature of the sand in which the eggs are nesting plays a key role in deciding the gender of a turtle egg, influencing the hatchling performance the resort’s incubation is believed to provide the best nesting condition allowing temperatures to be controlled and adjusted, using completely natural techniques with a skilled team of care-takers trained in conservation. Hence, a higher survival ratio and above average hatching rate.