Sea Turtle nesting season in Cozumel.
We are lucky enough to have the opportunity to welcome to our island’s Eastern side beaches, every year, hundreds of lovely sea turtles looking for a place to build a nest for their little ones; Females crawl out on beaches, dig nests and lay eggs during the night. Later, hatchlings emerge and walk into the water. Those that reach maturity and make it out to the immense ocean may live to age 80 in the wild. The turtle nesting season goes from April through September.
The local Cozumel’ government, together with “Fundacion de parques y museos”; under the environmental conservation and education commission, hold the “Turtle Salvation Programs”. Visitors have the amazing opportunity to; either go digging through the sand searching for nests or releasing the hatchlings to freedom in a warm summer afternoon, always in company with the local professional biologists and team with years of experience.
There are two Brigades that ventures to the other side of the island and go looking for nests:
- The San Miguel’s Volunteer Salvation program:
Comprises the beaches from Mezcalitos south to Punta Sur Park entrance. As this program is funded by the city and it is a non- profit organization, it relies mainly in the volunteering efforts and donations of the public.
- The Fundación de Parques y museos program:
Comprises the beaches from Punta Sur Park entrance to the light house located all the way in the south. The location of this program is within a protected zone, Punta Sur Park itself, so the visits are held as excursions and the cost is around $50.00usd per person.
If you would like to take part on one of the above programs or would like to contribute by donating supplies, please contact us and we will provide you with more information for this truly amazing lifetime experience in Cozumel.
Cozumel receives two kinds of turtles:
- The Loggerhead (Caretta caretta):
Their nesting season is from April to July. The average loggerhead measures around 90cm (35in) long when fully grown, although larger specimens of up to 270cm (110in) have been discovered. The adult loggerhead sea turtle weighs approximately 135 kg. (300 lb), with the largest specimens weighing in at more than 454 kg. (1,000 lb). Loggerheads are considered an endangered species and are protected by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
- The Green Turtle (Chelonia mydas):
Their nesting season is from June to September. Adult green turtles grow to 1.5 meters (5 ft) long. The average weight of mature individuals is 68–190 kg (150–420 lb) and the average carapace length is 78–112 cm (31–44 in). Exceptional specimens can weigh 315 kg (690 lb) or even more, with the largest known green turtle having weighed 395 kg (870 lb) and measured 153 cm (60 in) in carapace length. Green turtles are also considered an endangered species and are protected by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
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