Solymar Cancun Beach Resort shares with everybody one of the wonders of our mother nature. Beginning the last week of April through out October, turtles come to our fabulous beach to lay their eggs. Today, there are 7 endangered species of sea turtles which 4 of them reach our shores: hawks-bill, loggerhead, leather-back and Green.
Female turtles emerge from the sea, locate the right place, dig their nests, and lay 1 or 2 eggs at a time in it. All this while tears flow from her eyes that serve to keep the eyes moist and free of sand. A female turtle lays an average of 100-120 eggs per nest and then return to the Caribbean ocean. It has been known that some female turtles nest on the same beaches where they were born. Once they finish laying all their eggs, they then cover the nest with sand and return to the Caribbean sea.
Although a protection program already exists, these beautiful sea turtles need the help of humans to continue preserving. How?
Once the turtle returns to the sea, our previously trained staff has the important job of carefully removing the eggs that were just laid in the nest and move them to a new nest which was previously conditioned in a "corral" of protection. This is done to protect the turtle eggs from the busy beach. In this corral of protection, there is a stick at each nest which identifies the type of turtle eggs and the amount of spawning along with probable hatching date. Normally, the incubation period is two months long.
The first of baby turtles beginning to hatch is in late June and from then through October. Our last hatch of turtle eggs in 2012 was in November. The corral of protection is located in the beach area and is guarded 24 hours by our staff. As soon as the turtles hatch, we organize a release time during evening hours for our guests because the baby sea turtles are at great risk being released during the day. Some of their natural predators are seabirds, crabs and humans.
Baby sea turtles instinctively head for the brightest part of the horizon, which is usually above the water. But they can become disoriented if lights are shined inland during the release. Therefor, we ask no lights and no camera flash. If this happens, the baby sea turtle can be disoriented and can become easy prey for predators.More recommendations:
* Do not consume eggs, meat or any article from turtle, if you are offered, please report it to authorities.
* Avoid walking at night on the beaches where turtles nest and the nests that we tread
* If you are living the experience of nesting and / or release, please do not use camera with flash lamps or any other device that emits light; nesting should stay away at least 10 meters, in silence and do not try to touch them
* Do not litter or pollute the beach