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“In love with Tiny Tim!!”

Watamu Turtle Watch
Ranked #7 of 24 things to do in Watamu
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Local Ocean Trust is a private, not for profit organisation committed to the protection of Kenya's marine environment. We love our local ocean and we use practical conservation, community involvement and development, education, research and campaigning to promote the sustainable use of Kenya's marine resources. Watamu Turtle Watch is our flagship programme. It was started by local residents in 1997 to protect nesting sea turtles. Now it consists of our Nest Monitoring and Protection programme, By Catch Net Release Programme, and specialist Rehabilitation Centre for sick and injured sea turtles. The combination of these programmes enables us to make a real difference in ensuring the future of endangered sea turtles.
Reviewed February 24, 2012

This is a lovely place where they care for injured (and traumatised) turtles. Most have been hurt by boats or have picked up infections, mainly from rubbish in the sea.
They will introduce you to the current 'patients' and tell you all about their work. Lovely, well run charity. Cheap and very worthwhile! Children will love it (and adults too).
When I was there they were giving a little turtle called "Tiny Tim" a good scrub....with a tooth brush! So so cute!

Thank sueskenyatravels
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Reviewed February 10, 2012

Turtles are under threat from man's developments. These people are trying to get the turtle a voice, and rightly so. You can see the work they do treating damaged or unwell turtles, and trying to encourage local fishermen to be kind to them. Give them some money when you're there! They deserve resourcing.

Thank NickCharman
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Reviewed January 27, 2012

Besides caring for turtles, the organization does a good job of protecting the marine ecosystem as a whole.

Thank Trevor H
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

Small group of people working very hard to protect turtles and the local marine environment. the Rehab centre gives visitors a great opportunity to see turtles up close (albeit sick ones) and learn more about them and their ecosystem and the tremendous damage humans are doing to them.

Thank lhe606
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Reviewed January 24, 2012

An endearing place. It's nearly at the end of the road to Temple Point, along a path on the right (west) toward the lagoon. Besides the rescued turtles (small or giant) in their tanks there is a semicircle of lovingly prepared information boards. The few volunteers who show you around don't just look after these turtles, they do their best to educate the population not to trash the whole coastal environment. Turtle Watch isn't a slick operation, so it's not quick and easy to make them a donation, but we got back to them through www.watamuturtles.com and found out how. Sea turtles have existed for 150 million years and have been nearly wiped out by man in the past 50.

Thank GuyOttewell
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