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06 October 2009

Baby Sea Turtles

It's turtle nesting season again and here at Cabo Riviera, we have upwards of 50 nests on our beaches. The folks from the baby sea turtles local protection office have been out and done their research work and marked the nests. They have an estimate for each nest when the eggs will hatch (45 days gestation)and they will try to be present for the big event. The baby sea turtles that they assist to the ocean have a much higher chance of survival because of the rate of attrition between the nest and the water. It's high because of the multitude of natural predators searching the beach for food: Coyotes, birds and crabs to name a few. They love turtles. Maybe they taste like chicken........

Assisting the turtles to the ocean has turned into an event that people attend and take their kids to. I'm no cactus hugger but anybody that doesn't like little baby sea turtles, well, I guess they just don't. At any rate, it's a fun thing to do, very low budget and educational.

The sticks marking the nests are also effective to keep people and vehicle traffic from going over the nests. When the sand gets packed down, it's much harder for the baby sea turtles dig their way out. Motorized vehicles are outlawed on the beach but the the law is only partially enforced. The good thing is that most of the locals understand about the baby sea turtles and give the nests a wide berth.

I'll try and get some photos to share here on the blog.

Remember, you can own a home right here on the beach and watch the sea turtles from your porch.

Call me.

1 comment:

  1. We like to call them lanai's where I am from. If you have a porch do you have to have rocking chairs on them? ;) You better call me if you see baby turtles. I am only 35 minutes away and I will count on you to deter them just a little for me to get out there and see them.