Would you travel to watch turtles lay eggs?

I recently got a press release about stuff going on in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.There was one thing that made me stop and think – what’s the point in watching sea turtles lay eggs? And it’s somewhat funny that I think this way because I could see watching a turtle laying on the beach as being pretty great.

Turtle Time. Experience the circle of life as three endangered sea turtle species gather during the summer nights to lay their eggs. Families can enjoy guided nighttime “Turtle Walks” at various locations throughout the area starting in June and July, including the Moonlight, Sea Turtles and You! at the Museum of Discovery & Science, Sea Turtle Awareness at John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Dania Beach and Sea Turtles and Their Babies at Anne Kolb Nature Center at West Lake Park in Hollywood. These turtle nesting programs offer travelers the opportunity to get reacquainted with nature up close. Visit http://www.sunny.org/visitors/beaches/seaturtles

I did have a student once who volunteered in Mexico to actually do some work with turtle eggs to protect them – that makes perfect sense to me. But watching them lay eggs? I mean I get that seeing the turtles is cool – I was hoping to see some when I was in Hawaii recently, but I’m still not sure I’d want to see them nesting without actually doing something or somehow volunteering to be a part of things.

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