Cyprus > Black Rock
To the east of the peninsula, at Khafnalis or Nisi Mazaki, large expanses covered
with hundreds of feather duster worms let the visitor marvel at nature's ingenuity.
Black Rock surprises the visitor with a plunging canyon, embedded in black lava-like
stone. A place fortuities Turtles have existed for over 200 million years and
consequently rank among the oldest inhabitants of our planet. Two species, the
loggerhead sea turtle and the green turtle, inhabit the Mediterranean. Both
are endangered species and since 1971, Cyprus has endeavoured to save their
natural habitat so they can live peacefully and lay eggs. Lara Bay South and
Lara Bay North are home to two of the most stunning beaches in all of Cyprus,
which have always been an important hatchery for sea turtles. The beginning
of June at dusk sees the first females struggle onto the beach to deposit their
eggs into small holes in the sand. If all goes well, the mini turtles hatch
after 50 to 60 days, but despite the tireless dedication of conservationists,
only 1 in 1000 babies survives. A dispiriting but vital effort for the future.