Turtles Nesting Season in Tulum takes place between May and October, the beaches of the Riviera Maya then become nesting grounds to the amazing the Loggerhead and Green Turtle.
Sea Turtles have been around for over 150 million years, Mexico is home to six out of seven sea turtle species worldwide and the Yucatan Peninsula is a very important area for the inhabitation of sea turtles as it offers many nesting beaches and has high nutritive feeding banks.
Although most of a turtles life takes place in the water, female sea turtles travel great distances around the world to nest on the same beaches where they themselves hatched on. One single female turtle can lay up to 200 eggs at once.
They safely lay their eggs in the sand when the sun sets a few meters away from the sea water, turtle moms dig a nest of about fifty or sixty inches with their flippers, lay their eggs (between eighty five and two hundred eggs per nest), bury them with sand and return to the Caribbean Sea.
Baby turtles take between forty-five to sixty days to hatch. These baby turtles are so vulnerable and an easy pray for birds and local animals that the most complicated thing for them to start their new journey towards the sea is actually reaching it before getting devoured by a predator or burned by the sun.
Nearly all species of sea turtle are classified as Endangered. If you will be visiting Tulum or parts of the Rivera Maya please be mind full and help us protect these magical creatures and the hatching process.
At Adventure Tour Centre we would like to share a few points and to keep people informed about the nesting and hatching regulations and security guidelines.
If you are lucky enough to spot a female sea turtle nesting on the beach at night please let her do her job.
If you are going to admire the nesting process please be very quiet and keep still and Watch from a distance of ten meters.
Keep in mind that attempting to touch the Sea turtles is highly forbidden.
Do not shine a torch or use the light on your mobile phone as this will only blind and stress the turtle and as a matter of fact try and reduce any possible light pollution
Do not smoke near nesting areas .
Help us to keep our beaches and sea clean. Discarded straws, plastic bags, beer packaging, fishing lines and other garbage floating in the water are lethal to sea turtles and other marine life
When snorkelling or diving watch sea turtles from a distance, do not swim towards them and do not attempt to touch them
Wear a t-shirt or rash guard when snorkelling as protection from the sun instead of applying sun block. Sun products pollute the water and are harmful to marine life. Or if you really need it please use biodegradable sun lotions.
The sea turtle is protected by Mexican law and it is illegal to disturb them, persecute or hunt them and consume their meat or eggs.
The sea turtle nesting season it is a magical and unique moment that we are lucky to have here in Tulum.
Observe, absorb and enjoy – only few people have the chance to be part of this beautiful process!