Registration has ended for turtle-hatching tours20.05.2019
Sea turtles are a remnant of periods in which nature took care of itself. Over the past 200 years people have begun to change the world and impact the environment in many ways. One of these impacts has been that sea turtles, whose ancestors saw dinosaurs, and who once lived in their thousands in the Mediterranean Sea, are facing extinction because of construction on the beaches and restriction of their nesting grounds, marine and coastal pollution, fishing, sailing, and other threats.
For the past 20 years, the Israel Nature and Parks Authority, as the agency responsible by law for wildlife conservation, has been working year round to protect and strengthen the population of sea turtles.
In the summer, when people are most active on the beaches and in the sea itself, the turtles are also active; this is the season when they emerge onto the beach to dig a nest and lay their eggs, and a few weeks later, the hatchings emerge and head to the sea.
The eggs break open and the hatchlings emerge over about three nights. Observation shows that on the night after the first night of hatching there’s a good chance that more turtles will emerge from their eggs. On the third or the fourth nights, the nest will be opened in any case by Israel Nature and Parks Authority rangers or other qualified people working with the INPA, to help any hatchings having trouble emerging (if there are any) and to count the number of turtles that hatched, the number of unfertilized eggs or the number of hatchlings that unfortunately did not survive.
Participation in a guided turtle-hatching tour
So you can see what nature conservation is close up and take part in it, we are pleased to invite you on a guided tour when a nest is opened, during which there’s a good chance of seeing hatchlings, although of course we can’t promise you’ll see them. In any case, the tour of the sea turtle incubation farm on the beach includes all the explanations and an experiential activity for the whole family.
Since we can’t know ahead of time when the eggs will hatch (mainly during July and August), we will be able to inform you of the date of the tour only a day or two before through the INPA information line.
How to sign up
Please take these steps, making sure you do so in the following order:
- Sign up ahead of time on the waiting list at the top of this page. Matmon Club members have priority.
- The information line will send you a text message. It will be an invitation to sign up, according to the order your name appears on the waiting list, and you’ll be asked to call to sign up and give your credit card number. You’ll be given the phone number of the guide and you can call him or her, up to the start of the tour, in case you get lost on the way to the starting point of the tour.
- At this point your registration is final and your credit card will be charged. The charge cannot be cancelled!
- Registration is on the basis of space available – first come first serve. Matmon Club members have priority.
If you’re unable to come on the day of the tour, your name will be moved to the end of the list and we can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to join a tour this year because of the large number of requests on the waiting list.
Dogs are not allowed – a family that arrives with a dog will not be able to join the tour.
Matmon Club members: Adult: NIS 25; child NIS 20
Non-Matmon Club members: Adult: NIS 45; child NIS 30
Locations of the tours
- Betset Beach
- Megadim/Atlit Beach
- Zikim Beach (southern coastal plain)
- Nitsanim Beach (southern coastal plain)
- Gador Nature Reserve in the Hefer Valley area (Mikhmoret)
- Participation in the tour is recommended for children age 6 and older.
- The tour begins in the afternoon and continues until before nightfall.
- Times may change for various reasons according to the situation and the changing nature of nature.
- Trails include easy walking of up to 3 kilometers on the beach
We hope you enjoy your experience and the feeling of being part of the conservation of Israeli nature