Los Cabos Wildlife: Sea turtle paradise

Monthly article for Destino Magazine issue September 2016, written by Philipp Moser

article turtle hatchery cabo san lucas 2016Turtles are back in Cabo! As there is a season for all kind of different animals here in Baja California Sur, now it’s time for the Olive Ridley Turtles.

We have the chance to see 6 of the 7 species of sea turtles on the endless coastline of this region but the “Golfina”, as it is called here in Mexico, is the most common one.

For those who are more into a true natural experience there’s nothing better than a night under the stars walking along the beach and “work” as a volunteer for a good cause: you’ll be amazed the good you fell the day after.

Turtles need our help! Many natural hazards are out there and to make things worst, humans developed a great interest in consuming their eggs, all of this combined adds up and by the end only 1 out of 1.000 hatchlings will reach maturity.

olive ridley eggs relocation program

Our job is to make sure that at least the newly fresh laid eggs have a chance to make it: for this purpose we walk

through the night in search for the nests. Once we found one, we collect the eggs, which can be between 80 and 180 per nest, and relocate them in a safe spot waiting for the miracle of live.

olive ridley turtle laying eggs at cabo turtle hatcheryThe whole experience is a great opportunity to make new friends while learning new aspects of Cabo’s wildlife: the marine biologists leading the tours are very informative and fun as well!

Starting from September things get even more interesting as newborns will start their fight for survival and you can be there to witness this moment and wish them good luck: the one you helped might be the one that one day will come back to lay its own eggs…we’ll never know for sure, but it is a good dose of Karma.

If you happen to be hear around November, chances are high to see Humpbacks breaching right in front of where we put our tent, so start planning your trip, Cabo is awesome year round and don’t forget to choose a reputable company that will make the difference between an average and a wonderful experience.

cabo turtle hatchery team at workcamping ground at cabo turtle hatcherymarine biologist lead tours at cabo turtle hatchery


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