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Turtles are one of the great natural attractions of the Mexican Caribbean, in this beautiful sea you can enjoy these fascinating creatures… Most of the time, sea turtles that arrive at these Caribbean coasts, live in their natural habitat, the sea. But during pregnancy, they are seen along the coast to lay their eggs, and in the following months, we see the turtles being born and reaching the sea. In Riviera Maya, there are different places to see turtles spawn and participate in their release.
Where and when to see turtles in Riviera Maya?
Spawning season: The turtle spawning season is from mid-May to September. Up to the beaches of Quintana Roo arrive 4 species of turtles: white, loggerhead, hawksbill and lute. All marine species live in a fragile ecosystem and are protected. Season to release turtles: From July to November, according to the three-month period that turtles need to be born. The season is October being the peak month for the activity of turtle release. Riviera Maya beaches were to see the turtle nesting: Turtles arrive to spawn much of the coast from Cancun to Tulum, counting Isla Contoy, Isla Mujeres, Holbox, and Cozumel.
This means that on many beaches you can be surprised by a spawning turtle. On the spawning beaches, pens are usually created, where volunteers deposit turtle eggs for greater protection of the animal. Normally they spawn at night, and there are beaches where night access is not allowed (such as Xcacelito or Contoy Island, to give two examples), that’s why I talk about the best ones to see them spawn, not where they come from. Cancun hotel zone that connects Punta Cancun with Punta Nizuc may surprise you with the arrival of a turtle, an experience that no tourist forgets.
The most popular beaches to see them are Playa Delfines, Playa Marlín and Playa Chac Mool. Akumal is a Mayan word that means place of turtles, that already says a lot about the place, one of the best to enjoy these animals. Walking at night on this beautiful beach, we have seen turtles spawn several times, something that does not tire. The beaches of Tulum are another place where turtles tend to go out at night to spawn. The entire spawning process is more than 1 hour easily … they put between 100 to 120 eggs.
Seeing them return exhausted to the sea is overwhelming. In the Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, you can see them if you stay in one of the exclusive hotels of the Reserve or camping in enabled areas on the beach, both great options. In the evenings the Reserve closes and you cannot enter. In the area of Puerto Morelos, in the well-known Punta Brava, you can see how they get to spawn in the sand. Corrals with turtle nests, Marlin Beach, Cancun, and Riviera Maya beaches were to release turtles: The activity of releasing turtles is done during the course of the night, to avoid natural predators of turtles such as birds. It must be understood that a newborn turtle is a piscolabis in the sea. Only 2% of the population reaches adulthood.
Stay tuned In the next article we will tell you more details about the Mexican Caribbean turtles…
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