Located amidst Hawksbay and Sandspit, Turtle Beach Karachi is a very famous tourist spot in Karachi. A sun drenched sandy beach where no rocks and reefs are found. The sandy beach posits a breeding ground for a rare species of Green and Olive Ridley Turtles, basically, where, the name originates from. Besides being blessed with some of the most awe inspiring scenery and landscape to dwell into, Pakistan also posits a coastline that stretches to almost 1050 kilo meters. Some of these reptiles including Hawksbill and leather-back are reported to be rare and endangered thus the Turtle beach serves as a conservation ground for them.
The green turtles arrives at the beach annually to lay there eggs and in turn act as an important mechanism for protecting marine life by feeding on harmful algae and restoring ecological balance. However, the glorious sun drenched beach has fast become everybody’s favorite destination. The frolic sandy shore girdles around crystal blue water. Warm sand and mighty waves predicates a fun filled trip to the coastline.
Amidst the beautiful scenic view of the shore the beach houses a restaurant as well. You can find readily available tea and various tempting food items to enjoy. Also, there is a whole section dedicated to volleyball! and what is more fun than the sandy warm ground and cool waters to enjoy this sport with your adrenaline filled friends and family!
Considered one of the top most beautiful places in Pakistan, the Turtle beach is more than a place for recreation. The Green turtles extensively lay their eggs on the beach from October to February. On average a female turtle lays 90-120 eggs and if disturbed by human activity during this process, the female returns to sea only to attempt to lay eggs the following year. If, however, she faces repeated hurdles in laying eggs, the female turtle destroys her eggs, hence posing a threat to the ecosystem. Some of the threats faced by marine turtles include garbage and trash on the nesting beach. Piled up garbage poses a danger to these reptiles, if consumed, these marine creatures eventually die, negatively effecting the environment. However, keeping this in mind cleanliness is well kept on the beach. There are various waste disposal bins available with instructions to keep the sandy shore as clean as possible.
Uncontrolled dumping of plastic waste in the terrestrial and marine environment has become a serious threat to animals and plants inhabiting the coastal and offshore waters of Pakistan. An estimated 14 billion pounds of trash, much of it plastic is dumped in the world’s oceans every year. Plastic bags, bottles, toys, packaging material, if not disposed of correctly, can reach the sea. According to estimates about 8,000 tons of solid waste mainly consisting of plastic is unaccounted for in Karachi; most of it ending up in the sea around the city.In a recent incident a tuna fishing boat operating about 180 nautical miles from Karachi, spotted a floating polypropylene (PP) woven bag which was possibly debris by another merchant ship. Amir Rahim, a WWF-trained observer, decided to retrieve the bag and to his utter surprise, found an Olive ridley turtle fully entangled in it. The crew tried to release the turtle in the waters but since it was fully entangled, they brought the animal onboard and carefully cut it free, after which it was released properly in the sea.
Posted by WWF-Pakistan on Saturday, April 23, 2016
Although the sandy beaches are one of the main attractions available in Karachi, there are various adventure spots available adjacent to the city as well. Located at a distance of almost 430 kilo meters from Karachi is, Gorakh Hill Station also known as the ‘Murree of Sindh’. The hill station is a popular attraction for people living in Sindh, the place is a marvel to administer in winters! Another destination is the unexplored Bhi Khori Beach situated near Mubarak Village in Sindh.
So are you visiting the Turtle beach this year?