Dalyan’s sea turtles have long been praised by the local populace for having brought fame and fortune to this once-modest farming village. The large turtle statue gracing the roundabout in Dalyan’s centre bears witness to their popularity, and dozens of shops and the weekly market sell souvenirs featuring sea turtles.
Lately, another endorsement features an even bigger statue of Caretta Caretta complete with babies apparently ambling seawards – artistic licence wins over biological fact! Also,they’re heading for the river rather than the ocean, but not to worry! This fantasy creation draws crowds of admirers to the otherwise quiet sobriety of Kings Park… Dalyan boat traffic roars by – a din of combustion engines, voices, laughter and arabesque music, but… TURTLES RULE !