Holidays in Zakynthos are not complete without the experience of snorkelling with the famous Zakynthos Turtles. These beautiful, shy creatures are a protected species. In recent years’ conservationists have been increasing their efforts to give these turtles the best chance they can.While on your holiday in Zakynthos you will hopefully get the chance to come face to face with Caretta Caretta. Most people refer to them as the Loggerhead turtles. They are given this name due to the fact that they have larger heads and a horny beak that is thicker than other turtles. These beautiful creatures are the largest hard-shelled turtle in the world. They are also the most studied.The Bay of Laganas is the most important breeding ground for these turtles. It is located on the South West Coast of the island. It has now been included in the area of the EU Natura Program. This area was designated a National Marine Park in 1999. There are 6 min beaches of Laganas bay and the most important by far is Sekania. Sekania has one of the highest density of nests in the world. This small beach can provide 600 nests per annum. The Greek government own this protected area.Now only conservationists are allowed in this area. There are many guards around the beaches and there are large fines for trespassers who are caught. We are warning you!The popular beaches with tourists are also popular with nesting turtles. We ask all visitors to the island to take great care. Follow some simple guidelines to minimise the impact of tourism
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