Releasing Baby Turtles

While in Cozumel, I got to watch the local conservation effort for the sea turtle population. The east side of the island has lots of sandy beaches where sea turtles lay their eggs. Unfortunately, there’s enough human and pest interference to disturb the nests. So they are transferred to a secured and monitored area to gestate and hatch. I saw a couple of tracks in the sand from the mother turtles as I was wandering about the beach that day waiting for the release.

To keep holding one, you have to continually give them somewhere to crawl. They don't seem to mind going from one hand to the other. They are pretty strong for their size, especially since they just hatched.

The nests are then dug up and the baby turtles transported to one of the nearby beaches to be released into the surf at dusk.

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