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Sea turtle release season in Nayarit, Mexico

Sea turtle release season in Nayarit, Mexico

Witnessing the release of turtles on Mexican beaches is a captivating experience that connects us with the beauty and fragility of marine life. Nayarit is home to some of the most important nesting areas in the country for sea turtles.

The moment these majestic creatures emerge from their nests and bravely head out into the ocean is truly inspiring. Witnessing the release of turtles is an opportunity to get involved in the conservation of these endangered species.

The Nayarit beaches become scenes of hope, where each released turtle represents one more step towards the protection and preservation of these magnificent marine beings, to contribute to their long-term survival.

According to information from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), the sea turtle nesting season begins in the months of May and ends in September. The incubation period is 6 to 8 weeks, so the turtle birth and release period is from July to November.

In August, the season for releasing baby sea turtles begins on the coast of Riviera Nayarit, where there are several camps dedicated to preservation that offer this activity. Here we list some:

  • Aayetsie Wakie Turtle Camp, in San Blas
  • Camp in Boca de Tomates in San Francisco, Banderas Bay
  • El Naranjo Camp in La Peñita de Jaltemba, Compostela
  • Lo de Marcos turtle camp in Banderas Bay
  • Punta Raza turtle camp in El Monteón, Compostela

In Nayarit, 4 protected species of sea turtles are born: olive ridley, green, leatherback and hawksbill. The turtles that survive and reach adulthood return to the beach where they were born to nest and lay their own eggs.