The salt pond near Port Nelson on Rum Cay 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 island 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. The Cay also offers great snorkeling just offshore. There are massive coral walls reaching up to 60 feet tall, plus the wreck of the 101-gun warship HMS Conqueror. Built in Devon, England, in 1855, it was lost on Sumner Point Reef on December 13, 1861. It now serves as an underwater museum protected and preserved by the Bahamas Government.