I enjoyed a delicious dinner of sea turtle steak and lobster tail at The Wharf Restaurant at Seven Mile Beach. It was my first time ever eating sea turtle. Don't feel bad about eating sea turtle! It actually helps the sea turtle population.
It is a paradox that by eating the endangered Green Sea Turtle, I am helping to save the endangered Green Sea Turtle.
When Christopher Columbus discovered the Cayman Islands, he named them Las Tortugas, the Spanish word for turtles because of the many turtles on the island. He wrote in his journal that it was difficult to walk on the beach because there were so many.
For centuries, turtle harvesting was a huge part of the Cayman economy. Now, because it is on the endangered species list, they are no longer hunted in the wild. Instead, they are raised on a farm here in the islands. Half are for human consumption. The other half are released into the wild. So by providing an economic incentive to raise turtles, the turtle population today around the Cayman Islands is incredibly high.
Although I did not scuba dive here, I have been told by the locals that divers are pretty much guaranteed to see a Green Sea Turtle on every dive.
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