Shore in Qeshm Where Hawksbill Sea Turtles Lay Eggs
Shib Deraz village and its vast shores are the habitats of sea turtles and hawksbill turtles where they lay eggs each year in the period between the months of Esfand and Khordad. During the egg laying season, in the course of 3 stages during 20 days, each turtle lays about 300 eggs in a hole it digs. After two months, the eggs hatch, baby turtles come to the surface of the ground and move toward the moonlight reflected on the surface of the sea.
One of the wonders of creation is that after 30 years when they are mature, the baby turtles hatched in this place return to their birthplace to lay eggs. Watching the hawksbill turtles digging holes and laying eggs, as well as the little baby turtles’ hatching and moving toward the light are among the eco-tourism attractions of the large island of Qeshm. In recent years, the Qeshm Free Zone Organization in collaboration with UNESCO has initiated activities in order to protect these critically endangered species from extinction and set the baby turtles free.
The hawksbill turtles of Qeshm are listed in the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The hawksbill turtles of Qeshm are in the egg-laying condition 3 to 4 times a year, and so, in two stages between which there is an interval of two weeks, they return to their birthplace.