(data courtesy LVV). Prior to 1993, no reliable field surveys had been undertaken, although some anecdotal data are available (see section 4.112 of this Recovery Action Plan). Four species may nest; they are the green turtle or tortuga blanco (Cheloniamydas), hawksbill or caret (Eretmochelysimbricata), loggerhead or cawama (Carettacaretta), and leatherback or driekiel (Dermochelyscoriacea) (see Figure 2). Leatherback nesting is reported the most often, perhaps because the large tracks of this species are the easiest for laymen to identify and west coast beaches were the most thoroughly surveyed (hawksbill and green turtle nesting is likely to be more common along the east and southeast coasts).
Plantation owner reported that 200 or more hatchlings were killed on the beach by 4‑wheel drive vehicles
* these hatchlings (disoriented inland by beachfront lighting) were "rescued" by hotel security staff
Table 3. Number of sea turtles killed at the Aruba abattoir, 1977‑1986.
Unfortunately, data are not available prior to 1977, and no information is available concerning species, size or weight, or sex.
1/ the unusually high value given for 1986 may represent a cumulative total, 1984‑1986
Table 4. Aruba coastal clean‑up zones and zone areas, September 1993.
(see Figure 5). Zone length is measured in meters. Asterisk (*) indicates hotel area and zone area average; double asterisk (**) indicates SCUBA operation area and zone area estimate (source: R. de Kort, VROM).
Figure 1. Aruba (12º30'N, 70ºW) is located 32 km (19 miles) north of Venezuela and 67 km (42 miles) west of Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles (source: ECNAMP, 1980).
Figure 2. Four species of sea turtle reportedly nest in Aruba: the green turtle or tortuga blanco (Cheloniamydas), the hawksbill or caret (Eretmochelysimbricata), the loggerhead or cawama (Carettacaretta), and the leatherback or driekiel (Dermochelyscoriacea).
Figure 3. Sea grass and coral reef formations around Aruba. Source: R. de Kort (VROM).
Figure 4. Prominent sandy beaches known or suspected to serve as nesting habitat for endangered marine turtles are indicated by stippling. Aruba's two major population centers, Oranjestad and San Nicolas, are shown as large and small stars, respectively.
Figure 5. Aruba coastal clean‑up zones, September 1993. Zone numbers correspond to locations provided in Table 4. Source: R. de Kort (VROM).