Where To Release Turtle Hatchlings in Cancun

In Cancún, Play, Stay by Suzanne Koch

Seadust Cancun Family Resort is offering guests the chance to learn about turtles and take part in releasing the hatchlings. Since its recent opening, the resort has implemented a turtle preservation program to safeguard the sea turtle eggs that are laid on the beach each year and so far, the resort has recorded more than 7,000 sea turtle hatchlings this year.

Every year in Cancun between May and November, sea turtles return to the same beaches where they were hatched to lay their own eggs. Hotel rangers and security personnel are trained on how to spot nests on the beach and distinguish between turtle species. These eggs are picked up and placed in corrals to ensure their survival from predators, and are separated by species and cataloged by the day the eggs were laid.

Once hatched, the hotel welcomes kids and families to release the baby turtles at sunset – when birds and other predators are less active. During peak sea turtle season, hatchings can occur every couple of days, so guests will usually get a chance to participate in one and learn more about Mexico’s rich and diverse natural fauna. Hotel rangers are also available to answer questions and help with handling the hatchlings appropriately.

“Seadust Cancun Family Resort is proud to join in with the rest of the destination and provide exemplary care to preserve this species. We do great work in implementing actions and protocols to help the environment and the local species that make Cancun such a magical place to visit,” said Mr. Pedro Pinhal, Director and CEO of Seadust Cancun Family Resort. “Aside from helping save these endangered animals, we encourage guests to participate in the release of the baby turtles as it is a unique and unforgettable moment that families can remember for time to come.”

Due to Seadust’s location between the waters of the Mexican Caribbean and the Nichupte Lagoon, the destination and hotel experiences the journey of blue crabs every year. During September and October, these creatures make a trip from their homes in the lagoon to the ocean to reproduce. Because they rely solely on instinct, these crabs often make the dangerous journey through busy Cancun intersections. To help safeguard the crabs and ensure their transition to the ocean, Seadust offers a Blue Crab Program, which helps the crabs cross the roads and get to the ocean safely.

For more information, visit: seadustcancunresort.com

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