As every year, in the month of May, the sea turtle nesting season begins in the Riviera Maya, so if you want to witness this show or support the protection of turtle eggs, now is the time.
Turtle nesting needs protection
One of the most important beaches for turtle nesting is Xcacel Xcacelito, and therefore volunteers will concentrate there in a surveillance camp until the last day of October.
The spokesman for the Civil Association (AC), Flora Fauna and Culture of Mexico, Juan José Carreón, commented that the clandestine consumption of turtle eggs has decreased in the community although now it is necessary to focus on the local fishermen, because different species of turtles tend to get entangled in their nets and hooks.
During the sea turtle nesting season in the Riviera Maya, CEA members together with their volunteers do the work of protecting nesting females. They do a data collection, observation task, relocation and cleaning of nests, in addition to the release of young. With the information collected, birth control is carried out, its behavior and abundance.
Awareness work is also done for tourists and visitors, both nationals and foreigners, in order to respect the nature and life of sea turtles. CEA intends to expand its Sea Turtle Research, Conservation and Protection Program to guarantee the life of these species.
Q. Roo is home to 4 of the 7 species of sea turtles that exist
There are seven species of sea turtles in the world, all of which are threatened or in danger of extinction. Six of these species are found in Mexico, and four can be seen off the coast of Quintana Roo.
The area of Akumal (name that means “place of the turtles” in Mayan) is home to three species of hawksbills. Two kinds of turtles have nesting on the beaches of the place, the Loggerhead Turtle (Caretta caretta) and the Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas). On some occasions, the Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) can be seen near the reef.
Sea turtles are the main tourist attraction in the Akumal area, attracting a greater number of people every year. The Akumal Ecological Center (CEA) participates, through its volunteers, in patrolling the beaches in order to protect the nesting turtles.
Snorkel with turtles in Akumal
Akumal is a place of virgin beaches located 120 km from Cancun, where hundreds of sea turtles are protected by national authorities. Aquaworld offers the possibility of carrying out a snorkeling tour in Akumal Bay, where experienced guides will show you the various forms of marine life that can be seen there, such as crabs, fish, and stingrays.
It is important to follow the rules so as not to disturb the turtles that are eating and to always keep a considerable distance so that they do not get stressed. If possible avoid the use of sunscreen before entering the sea as they contaminate the water where the turtles live and feed.
The tour also offers the possibility of snorkeling with children as Akumal is an area with shallow waters and without currents. Enabling the face to face of the little ones with the turtles, in a unique experience. Then there is the visit to the famous Cenote Azul, including the snack.