You know the sea turtles come to Mazatlán’s beaches to lay their eggs. It’s one of the joys of living here, observing these beautiful creatures coming to shore, then losing their last ounce of energy to return to the sea.
Sadly yet fortunately, most of the turtle eggs are rescued by the aquarium staff or the other turtle sanctuaries in town. Once they hatch, they are released into the wild, in hopes they’ll procreate and come back to our shores once again. It is estimated that only one in 1000 hatchlings will reach adulthood. Click on any photo to enlarge it or view a slideshow.
During the Gran Maratón del Pacífico each year is a huge public release of baby sea turtles. It was not my first choice for photographing, since there are so many smaller, more private releases that might give better photo ops, or so I thought. But, my friend wanted to go, so I joined in. It was, indeed, a huge mess of people. And, it was so joyous to watch the faces of the kids as they released the baby turtles.
The mother turtles are often about a meter long. The babies look so very similar to their mothers, and it’s hard to tell the size in the photos, but they are maybe three inches long. The sunset colors in the sky sure improved the photogeneity of the event.
If you haven’t joined one of the turtle releases, you owe it to yourself to do so. And it is a definite must for the grandkids or family who visit during the holidays!
Which beach, what date and time? I’d love to go next year!
The public releases here in town are usually on the beach by the sea lion statue, just up from the aquarium. You can call to hear release schedules.
From my December M! Magazine article and VidaMaz post to be published on Dec 1: “These amazing creatures lay eggs on our beaches June-November. Groups can arrange for a private release of baby sea turtles, or call to see if there’s a release scheduled while you’re here. Aquarium: 981-7815, Verde Camacho Sanctuary north of town: 6691-18-0629. Estrella del Mar on Stone Island: 1-800-727-4653.” Hope this helps! Enjoy!
When and how can we find out about viewing the turtles
Debbie, please view the comment above. I gave three telephone numbers. In M! Magazine this month I have an article on it, and also on December 1st VidaMaz will publish in conjunction with M! a list of things to do with kids. Thanks for reading. Enjoy!