Did you know it is sea turtle hatching time in Mexico? Every year, thousands of sea turtles return to their origins to lay their turtle eggs in the sandy beaches along Mexico’s coastline. There are seven different species of sea turtles, and six of these species lay their eggs in various locations throughout Mexico each year. While the sea turtles spend most of their life at sea, the females make this annual visit to Mexico’s beaches to lay their eggs so that the next generation of sea turtles will come to life. Did you know that the sea turtles actually return to the exact location they were born themselves to lay their own eggs? What a wonderful and mysterious phenomenon. Read below to learn where you can see these amazing creatures and the miracle of life for yourself.
Sea Turtle Nests
Did you know that sea turtles nests can house as many as 200 eggs? Once the female sea turtle has found a suitable location to lay her eggs, she will bury the eggs in the sand where they will remain in incubation for roughly 50 days. After the 50 day incubation, it is time to hatch! Many sea turtle preservation groups work tirelessly to ensure that the sea turtle eggs are protected from natural predators and human interference. During the egg-laying season which occurs between June to November each year, many preservationists work together to collect and return sea turtle eggs found in popular stretches of beaches. This is to help give the baby turtles a better chance of survival to protect them from humans and natural predators. Natural predators include animals that would dig up the eggs to eat them. Common natural predators found on land include skunks, raccoons, seagulls, foxes, ravens, crows, herons and the snapping turtle. Predators at sea include killer whales and sharks. Sadly, humans are also guilty of interfering with the sea turtle eggs as some people have been known to steal the sea turtle eggs and or baby turtles in order to sell them for a profit.
Time to Hatch
Once the sea turtle eggs are ready, the tiny sea turtle babies begin to poke their way out of their shells to get to know the world around them. Slowly but surely, these tiny baby turtles crack open their shells and begin to make the journey to the open sea. Often times volunteer groups have collected and returned the sea turtle eggs in order to improve their chances to make it to sea. Even federal and local police often participate to offer protection from human poachers during the day and night. In addition, local volunteers and conservation groups offer their support as well. If you find yourself in Mexico during late summer and early fall, make sure to check to see where the baby turtles are hatching so you can witness this miracle of life for yourself.
Where to See Sea Turtles Hatch
Sea turtles land on the beaches between June and November each year, and hatching typically happens during the months of August, September, October and early November. Sea turtles lay their eggs along the Pacific Coast in numerous coastal towns including Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, and Oaxaca. On the Baja California Sur, you can find them in San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. On the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, Cancun is a top spot to witness this incredible sight. Many of the sea turtle protected nests are open to the public for viewing during daylight hours. If you would like to witness the hatching, it occurs after dark and you can contact local organizers to see where you can view a sea turtle hatching in the wild for yourself.
Make sure to plan your next trip to Mexico so you can see sea turtle nests and hatching for yourself. It’s a wonderful way to see Mother Nature and the miracle of life at its best.