The salt pond near Port Nelson is a protected ecosystem and home to much of the marine life here—baby turtles, lobsters, groupers and others. The natural barriers of the salt pond provide a safe area for the young sea creatures to grow before they find their way to the ocean. You are likely to see flocks of marine birds overhead and glimpse other species throughout the mainland on most days. Conception Island National Park, located to the north of Rum Cay, is an important sanctuary for migratory birds, in addition to a rookery for nesting seabirds. Tours can be arranged to visit the island through local fishing guides.