The turtle nesting season in Riviera Maya has started and we are all gearing up for it. It is that time of the year when the female turtles come to the land to lay their eggs.
A fascinating part of this is that the female turtles lay their eggs on the exact same spot from where they were born. Researchers say that the turtles use the magnetic field of the earth to find their ways.
Turtles are amazing creatures!
One single female turtle can lay up to 200 eggs at once. The eggs are laid safely on the sand, few meters away from the beaches. Once the egg hatches, the newborns make their first journey towards the ocean.
This is a very dangerous trip because many predators are on the lookout for these slow-moving creatures. On top of this, the turtles must also move past undetected from the preying eyes of the poachers.
Due to the risks that the turtles face during their early age, they are on the verge of becoming endangered. Many organizations are taking various steps towards the safety and protection of these species.
In Mexico we have 6 of the 7 recognized species of sea turtles
There are 7 species of sea turtles found across the globe, 6 out of which come to the beaches around Mexico for the nesting season. If you are planning to be with us at the Riviera Maya during this season, you might get to see the Green, Loggerhead or the Hawksbill sea turtles.
The Centro Ecológico Akumal (CEA) in Akumal, is an organization comprising of government officials and marine biologists, which is working towards the protection of sea turtles. They have various programs which are of two months and encourage many volunteers to help them return the turtles back to their homes safely.
During the months of June to November, various initiatives are taken by government bodies towards the protection of the turtles. The police of the local areas stand guard day and night to protect them, not just in Riviera Maya, but all across the beaches where eggs are laid. The government and other organizations encourage people to volunteer for this act, and out this way prevent poaching.
Turtle time in Cancun and Riviera Maya
If you’re in Cancun at the right time, you can also help the conservation act by being a part of it as a volunteer. You can do so by contacting the concerned government or non-government organizations. Other ways to help them could be to take part in the activities organized by tourism organizations which promote the safeguard of these harmless and docile creatures. Sign up for the conservation projects initiated by hotels and resorts to show your support.
At Aquaworld we believe that conservation of these endangered species is a very important step towards the ecological balance, as well as to safeguard the lives of the creatures which have survived for over 150 million years.
That is why it is important to understand the sea turtles from a closer perspective and to get to know a little more about them and their habitat. If you want to snorkel with turtles in order to watch these amazing animals up close you can do it with us.
This activity lets you swim with these majestic, yet docile creatures of the sea. Just remember not to touch them and keep a considerable distance so they can swim freely and without stressing. Also avoid using sunscreen because the chemicals stay in the water and contaminates their environment.