The turtles visiting Velas beach weigh around 50-60 kg and can be more than 2-3 feet in length.
Even though, they fall in the medium sized sea turtles, these turtles sighted at Velas beach every year usually during winters in month of Nov to December.
They travel thousands of kilometers in ocean to reach back to Velas which is their breeding site. It’s interesting to know that only female turtles will come back to Velas beach for laying their eggs. Female turtles will visit the shore during late evening, make a pit on sandy beach, lay the eggs in pit, cover it up with her fins and then leave back to sea, to never come back.
The life of a turtle is so tough that no baby turtle ever receives any kind of parental love and care like human beings.
Poor turtles do not even see their parents in their life time !!The duration between breeding seasons for these turtles can be nearly 2 years. Hence, new flock arrives every year at Velas!
Only 1 turtle out of 100 will reach to its adulthood after surviving from various hurdles of life !
Time to watch Turtle babies
After reaching to Velas, you will not find turtle babies on beach. To protect the eggs from exterior danger temporary egg booth is created by nature lovers. So the volunteers opens the booth for the public only at morning 6:00 am & evening 6:00 pm. Actually speaking its a lucky draw to watch turtle babies. Sometime its only 01 or 02 turtle babies are there and sometime more than 50!!. So you have to plan to visit atleast 02 times to booth to see the journey of turtle babies to the sea. But I am sure that one time experience is never enough !!