Shell Beach, Guyana

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Shell Beach, located on the Atlantic coast of Guyana in the Barima-Waini Region, near the Venezuelan border, is a nesting site for four of the eight sea turtle species - the Green, Hawksbill turtleill, Leatherback and the Olive Ridley. Shell Beach extends for approximately 145 km.[1]

Turtles used to be slaughtered for their meat and eggs but are now part of a non-governmental conservation program called the Guyana Marine Turtle Conservation Society (GMTCS), founded by Dr. Peter Pritchard and Romeo De Freitas.[2] Shell Beach is not formally protected, although direct and indirect conservation activities to protect the nesting sea turtles started in the 1960s, when Dr. Peter Pritchard first began annual research visits. Due to his efforts to conserve the turtles in the region, Dr. Peter Pritchard was dubbed "Hero of the Planet" by Time.[3] Amerindians from the local communities of Almond Beach and Gwennie Beach are involved in the programme.


  1. ^ Kalamandeen, Michelle. "Shell Beach and Sea Turtles". Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  2. ^ "About us". GMTCS. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Peter Pritchard: Hero of the Planet". Retrieved 12 May 2014.

Coordinates: 8°17′30″N 59°33′25″W / 8.291676°N 59.556988°W / 8.291676; -59.556988