Endangered Sea Turtles on Mexico’s Coasts

Some baby turtles were born on the beach last night – right near our regular chairs!

(Email to friend from Puerto Vallarta, November 2016).

The hotel collected them and put them in a tub with sand from the beach. There was some controversy about whether this was the proper environment for them, weren’t they supposed to be put in salt water?
Baby turtles born on Los Muertos Beach in Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's Pacific coast The staff scratched their heads and then went and fetched a bucket of ocean water and plopped them in that. The poor little things didn’t seem much better off..
Baby turtles born on Los Muertos Beach in Puerto Vallarta on Mexico's Pacific coast Back on the beach I saw a little straggler the hotel people had missed. He was trying to get across the burning sand down to the ocean and kept getting caught up in a towel.

I cupped him in my hands and took his frantic flapping little body up to join his siblings.

However by that time the hotel had phoned the turtle conservation group about what to do. They were told to put them in a tub with sand and ocean water, and the group would come and pick them up, releasing them that evening on a less-touristed beach.

Which they had done just before I got there. So my poor little guy was the only one left; he was released later that day on our beach.

Four years earlier we had released baby turtles on a beach – one of my many fond memories of Mexico.
releasing baby turtles into the ocean (Mexico) Several beaches along Mexico’s coast have turtle conservation areas, such as this vivero (nursery) in Barra de Navidad to the south.
Turtle vivarium at Barra de Navidad on Mexico's Pacific coast

This article explains the many ways the sea turtles are endangered, and some potential solutions. http://theconversation.com/saving-mexicos-endangered-sea-turtles-will-be-good-for-tourism-too-67512

The fact that the turtles are coming back and laying eggs hopefully means that we will still have sea turtles in the future.

More of the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenges: New Horizon

 

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5 responses to “Endangered Sea Turtles on Mexico’s Coasts

  1. Beautiful photos of those little guys, Eliza. I was a proud “turtle lady” when I lived in SC. Very exciting to see the babies hatching. (we helped them get to the water if needed)

  2. They are amazing little creatures aren’t they. Do you know only 10 % of those that make it to the water actually survive? The mothers return to the beach on which they were born to lay their own eggs. Scientists haven’t yet figured out how the do it. Nature is wonderful, isn’t it?@!

    • I’ve seen documentaries where the birds swoop down and eat them all before they even make it to the water (hard to watch). I suppose sea creatures find them tasty as well – I know in Costa Rica they also have a program which is causing problems with the locals who like to eat the eggs!

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