Watamu has a small but nationally important nesting population of sea turtles, with an average of 40 nests per year and over in the Watamu/Malindi Marine Parks and Reserves. Watamu Turtle
Watch (WTW) has a nest protection program, which works in co-operation with local people & Kenya Wildlife Service to protect all nests laid on Watamu and Malindi beaches. Local participation is encouraged through a financial incentive scheme. Daily patrols check for nesting turtles and tracks in the sand indicate new nests. Nesting turtles that are encountered are tagged and biometric data collected.
In 2003 WTW set up a simple rehabilitation facility where sick turtles can be cared for and rehabilitated back into the wild. This is the only one of its kind in East AFrica. Each year WTW is brought sick and injured turtles, which previously we were unable to treat. WTW has linked up with local and international experts to provide the necessary medical advice.