It is sea turtle hatching time in Mexico! There are seven different species of sea turtles, and six of these species return to their birthplace to lay their own turtle eggs along the sandy beaches on Mexico’s coastline. Sea turtles actually spend most of their life at sea, but the females return to dry land annually to lay their eggs. The result is the next generation of sea turtles will hatch and begin their journey back to sea. Read below to learn where you can see these amazing creatures and how you can see their nests and sea turtle egg hatching for yourself.
Turtle Conservation Efforts
Sea turtles nests can house as many as 200 eggs, and a female sea turtle will bury the eggs in the sand to protect them from natural predators and human interference. The sea turtle eggs will remain in their nest for around 50 days. Some sea turtle preservation groups help ensure that the sea turtle eggs are protected from natural predators by collecting and returning sea turtle eggs that are found in popular stretches of beaches. This effort helps give the baby turtles a better chance of survival by keeping them safe during their incubation period from humans and natural predators. Natural predators include animals that would dig up the eggs to eat them such as skunks, raccoons, seagulls, foxes, ravens, crows, herons and even other turtles such as the snapping turtle. Back at sea, marine predators include killer whales and sharks. Sadly, some heartless people steal the sea turtle eggs and or baby turtles and try to sell them on the black market for a profit.
It’s Time To Hatch!
Once the sea turtle eggs have matured, it is time to hatch! Slowly, the tiny sea turtle babies will begin poking to crack open their shells to begin to make the journey to the open sea. The volunteer groups that have collected sea turtle eggs in order to improve their chances to make it to sea, will return them back to their nest locations so they can hatch as intended. Federal and local police sometimes are on hand to offer protection from human poachers during the day and night during the hatching period. Local volunteers and conservation groups offer their support as well. Will you be in Mexico during late summer or early fall? If so, check to see when and where baby turtles are expected to hatch so you can witness this miracle of life for yourself.
Sea Turtles Nest Locations
Each year between June and November, sea turtles land on Mexico’s beaches to nest, and hatching usually occurs during the months of August, September, October and early November. Wondering where you can find the sea turtle nests in Mexico? Sea turtles lay their eggs along the Pacific Coast in numerous coastal towns including Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, and Oaxaca. On the Baja California Sur, San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas are the best spots to go. The Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico is home to another top spot for sea turtle nests in Cancun. Many of the sea turtle protected nests are open to the public for viewing during daylight hours. If you would like to witness the miracle of sea turtle egg hatching, you will need to stay up late as hatching occurs after dark around midnight. Contact local organizers in your area to see where you can view a sea turtle hatching for yourself.
Plan your next trip to Mexico so you can see the miracle of sea turtle nests and hatching up close and in person. It it sure to be the experience of a lifetime!