Green Sea Turtles have for centuries been a big part of the diet for the people of the Cayman Islands. That’s bad news for an endangered species under threat for a variety of reasons. To meet the food demands of locals and to keep them from taking turtles from the wild green sea turtles are now being farmed raised on Grand Cayman. The best part of this story is that the farm is also producing enough turtles to release hundreds into the wild where they are successfully reproducing.
Winners of the 2011 National Geographic Magazine for Kids “Hands On Explorer Challenge” got a trip to the Cayman Islands as part of their prize. One of the stops on the trip was the turtle farm where the kids got to do some hands on learning about turtles. I went with them on the trip and interviewed the chief researcher at the turtle farm for my radio show, National Geographic Weekend. The interview will air this weekend but here’s a video version which shows the turtles and some of the kids who were contest winners.