Sea Turtle Conservation in the Riviera Maya

On August 17, 2012 by MexicoToday

We sit on the sand under a sky blanketed in stars, listening to the sound of crashing waves and the rhythmic “thump……thump…..thump….” in the dark. We can barely make out her shape and we know not to turn on a flashlight; it could send her turning back to the sea before she completes the yearly ritual. We are in Tulum, at the edge of the Sian Kaan biosphere, and we are witnessing a magical moment. A gigantic sea turtle has come to shore and is digging a nest to lay her eggs, her large flippers methodically “thumping” into the sand and sending it flying as the hole gets bigger and bigger. We sit in silence, barely daring to breathe. We see a red light approaching on the beach and two “turtle patrol” volunteers join us quietly to measure the turtle (she was over 1 meter long), check her health, tag her for research purposes and mark her nest. Read more here…

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