ZAKYNTHOS Marine Park is located along the southern coast of Zakynthos and the Strofades, two small islands 50 nautical miles southern of Zakynthos. The marine park was set up in 1999 to protect not only the Caretta Caretta sea turtle and the Mediterranean Seals Monachus-Monachus but all wildlife found in the Southern part of the island.
The Caretta Caretta Turtle spawns along the beaches of the Laganas Gulf. and always on the same beach it was born, the nesting period is from June to August when the females come on to the beaches to lay their eggs.
They can have considerable dimensions (the largest weights 140 kg. and measures circa 120 cm whereas the smallest measures 80 cm.) but, in spite of this, they are very fast, with a big anterior and stiff posterior fins they can reach 30km/hour and so protect themselves from possible dangers.
Whilst on the island you can join many boat trips to catch a glimpse of the Caretta Caretta and sail to Marathonisi - a pine-covered islet nicknamed ‘Turtle Island’.
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