Nature abounds on Jumby Bay Island. Guests may observe a variety of bird life, including the mascot, the white egret, the playful bananaquit and nature's marvel, the blue pelican. Pasture Bay Beach is one of the world's principal nesting sites for the endangered hawksbill sea turtle (July through November). Jumby Bay homeowners have set aside prime beachfront to ensure the continued protection of the nesting site for the turtle whose ancestors have inhabited the area's waters since the age of dinosaurs. During November, the harmless nurse shark uses the shallow waters off Pasture Bay Beach as a mating ground, coming into shore just shy of the beach following age-old instincts. This, combined with the presence of eagle rays, schooling fish and an abundance of reef fish make the waters surrounding Jumby Bay a haven for snorkelers.