Out of the seven species of sea turtles in the world, six of them arrive in Mexico each year between June and November to nest and lay their eggs. Many of them are on the endangered species list.
Thousands of female Olive Ridley sea turtles that were born on our Nayarit Pacific coast beaches return every year to build nests and lay their eggs in the exact same location where they were born, perpetuating their cycle of life.
A single sea turtle nest may contain as many as 200 new hatchlings. Besides the threat from man and the “black market” for sea turtles and sea turtle eggs, the major challenge for new turtle hatchlings is the short but dangerous journey they must take from sandy beach to the sea, trying to avoid predatory birds and iguanas.
In recent years, baby sea turtle release in Riviera Nayarit has become a major tourist attraction.
Mexico government agencies and marine biologists have created a number of turtle protection programs with turtle farms dedicated to the harvesting, hatching and releasing of baby sea turtles.
Sea turtle release programs in Riviera Nayarit have become a fascinating eco adventure attraction that delight Nayarit visitors with an interactive, educational, and emotional experience that also dramatically increases the survival rate of new turtle hatchlings.
Riviera Nayarit has several sea turtle adventure excursions and baby sea turtle release programs available, including one that combines a crocodile adventure that pays a visit to “El Quelele,” a marshy lagoon where American Crocodiles exist in a safe, protected environment.
Watch a video showing turtle nesting beaches in Riviera Nayarit.
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