Caribbean Tourism

Sir Turtle

Turtles have always played a large part in the islands’ folklore, dating back to 1503 when Columbus named them Las Tortugas. Generations of sailors stocked up on turtle meat while in the area and today there is a turtle farm, designed to replenish wild stocks and satisfy demand for the table.


In 1963 Suzy Soto designed the ‘Sir Turtle’ logo, of a peg-leg, swashbuckling, pirate turtle. She sold it in the 1970s to the Department of Tourism for the grand sum of US$1, and it is now used intensively as a mascot and symbol for the Cayman Islands. There was even a racehorse in the UK called ‘Sir Turtle’ (now sadly deceased), a hurdler sponsored by the Department of Tourism’s British office and owned by Adrian Pratt, who had a good time on holiday in the islands.


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