Summer is a great time to spend in Cancun and the Mayan Riviera and many families enjoy they annual vacation there. An added bonus that many don’t realize is that May through October is sea turtle nesting season and many all inclusive resorts offer interactive programs where they foster the eggs and then families visiting the resort can help release the turtles back to the sea after hatching.
These programs are very important as some of these species of turtles, which are believed to have been around for over 100 million years, are now seeing their numbers threatened.
In Cancun, Isla Mujeres, Riviera Maya and Cozumel there are several organizations working on their own and through the help and sponsorship of the all inclusive resorts that work hard to protect the Green Sea Turtles and Loggerhead Sea Turtles, the two most common sea turtles found in this region.
Sea turtles don’t usually come onto shore except to lay their eggs. The female often returns to the same beach where she was hatched to lay her eggs. She digs a hole in the sand and then lays her eggs which can number from 50 to 200. Typically the female comes to shore between 11 pm and 5 am when it’s quiet and dark. It could take her 1 to 2 hours to dig her hole and during this time it is very important not to disturb the turtle or shine lights on her. During nesting season, many resorts turn out their lights or install dimmer lights for the beach so not to disturb the turtles.
The eggs incubate for 60 days and then they hatch. The baby turtles then dig their way to the surface and head for the water. It is at this time when they are very vulnerable to natural predators such as crabs and seagulls even before they make it to the water. And if the nests are laid on a busy beach you can only imagine the chances these wee ones have to make it to the ocean.
Resorts to the Rescue!
Many all inclusive resorts are located on these beaches where the turtles lay their eggs. After the eggs are laid many resorts will either move the eggs to a safe location and keep eye on the hatch. Or if possible the resort will fence off the nesting area and keep eye on it.
The top area for sea turtle activity and one of the best all inclusive resorts to participate in the program is at Akumal Beach Resort right in Akumal. This is the area on the Mayan Riviera known for sea turtles all year long.
Dreams Cancun Resort & Spa also has a turtle release program where guests can participate in the release of baby turtles and learn about them first hand.
There’s no better way to teach your children about the turtles than a first hand experience of the hatch and release program at the resort. Let them hold the babies and release them into the ocean. What memories you will make with them!comments powered by Disqus