Sea Turtle Museum Caretta

Top choice in Tokushima & the Anan Coast

Dedicated to sea turtles, the museum's name – Caretta comes from the scientific name for the Loggerhead Sea Turtle. Inside, there's a lot of turtle info, small tanks and a hatchery with baby turtles aged up to three years. The outside pools house turtles from age four upwards. The facility is on Ōhama Beach, known as a turtle egg-laying spot from May to August.

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