One of the greater pleasures in life are the small yet beautiful encounters had with the world around us. The connection that human beings have with Mother Nature is a powerful one indeed. Every year from May through October it is Turtle Nesting Season in the Caribbean. Here is what you need to know!
Almost every night, upon sundown, a mother turtle arises from the deep blue sea that is the Riviera Maya, she then makes her way to the location she herself originally hatched and carefully digs a nest to lay her eggs. For those lucky enough to catch her "in the act", this beautiful and sacred encounter is certain to be ingrained in your memory.
For over a 100 Million years sea turtles have flourished among the pristine beaches of Tulum, yet today they are an endangered species. Only one in a thousand baby turtles reach adulthood. Of the seven species of sea turtles living worldwide, six reside within the Mexican beaches, four within Quintana Roo; The Green Turtle, Loggerhead, Hawksbill, and the Leatherback. Together alongside the highly respected non-profit work of the Riviera Maya-Tulum Sea Turtle Conservation by Flora & Fauna, Sanara Tulum invites you to experience in the preservation of these beautiful creatures.
It is of the utmost importance that we share these precautions in the aiding of the sacred ritual. Keep an eye out for marked-off nesting areas throughout the Tulum beach.
1. However tempting it may be, try to avoid approaching the turtles and we must NEVER touch them. Allowing the turtles plenty of space to nest, and feel secure. We highly advise against swimming at night, and avoiding the use of any beach beds or other accessories.
2. Tidy up after any & all beach play. A turtle can easily confuse litter especially plastics with their own food. Which could severely harm them or even be fatal.
3. Be aware of your untethered pets. Loose animals may unknowingly damage an existing nest or consume the offspring. It’s best to keep unsupervised pets off the beach during nesting season.
4. Sea turtles approach the beach in darkness as it a signal of safety. Avoid strong lighting, flash photography, and bonfires as these will result in frightening the turtles away. Please note, Red colored lighting is safe and does not distract the turtles.
5. Careful where you step especially during the dark and or walking at night, ball games can also destroy a nest.
6. Once they have hatched, sea turtles are guided by the natural light. Should you find a nesting of baby turtles hatching, please advise a member of staff or security to assist.
7. The hunting of Sea Turtles is against the law and most importantly cruel. Do not purchase or consume any sea turtle-derived products.
The Riviera Maya-Tulum Sea Turtle Conservation has aided in the protection in turtle wildlife for almost three decades. In the past 13 years alone, the program has protected more than 67,000 Green & Loggerhead turtle nests. As well as released over 4 million hatchlings to the sea. Budgets are tight, and the peso is stretched in lengths to provide personnel with the correct tools. To find out how you can donate please email firstname.lastname@example.org or inquire at our Front Desk.
Photography by Irena Basiura, National Geographic, and your Sanara Tulum.