How are our turtles doing? 23,000 already released this year

You may be wondering how the sea turtles are doing at Royal Resorts this year? We are happy to report that 23,240 baby sea turtles have already hatched and been released at The Royal Sands and The Royal Caribbean in Cancun, Mexico during the 2015 nesting season. Many thousands more will follow in the weeks to come.

There are 483 turtle nests in the nurseries at The Royal Sands and The Royal Caribbean and the season tally of eggs stands at 56,547. We are hoping that the number will rise even further. Seven nesting turtles laid eggs during the night of August 29 at The Royal Sands and another four at The Royal Caribbean on September 1.

The majority of the nests have been those of green turtles with a few loggerhead and hawksbill turtles. Loggerhead turtles are more common further south in the Riviera Maya and the north coast of the Yucatan is the most importing nesting site in the world for the hawksbill turtle, the smallest of the turtles found in the Mexican Caribbean.

Watching baby turtles scuttling towards the waves is something that visitors traveling to Cancun and the Riviera Maya in the summer and fall may be lucky enough to see during their vacation. If you are due to visit Royal Resorts in the next few weeks and would like to witness a turtle release, ask at the Front Desk for information.

When eggs hatch during the day, the baby turtles rest after their marathon struggle to emerge from the shell, gradually reviving as the hours pass. The Royal Resorts Security guards wait until dusk falls and the gulls and frigate birds that might prey on the hatchlings have gone to roost before carefully transporting them from the nursery to the beach. At 8 p.m., members and guests watch these dedicated turtle guardians release their precious charges and wish them Godspeed as they race across the sand towards the waves to begin a new life at sea.

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    • Joanna Green
      Joanna Green says:

      Dear Sarah:
      Thank you for writing to Royal Resorts News.
      Turtle eggs take between 45 and 60 days to hatch and it is possible that the eggs in nests from earlier in the season (mid July-early August) may be ready to hatch during the time that you will be at the resort and you may be lucky enough to witness a release, however we obviously cannot guarantee that this will be the case, Nature takes its course.
      I recommend that you ask at the Front Desk for the Guest Services Manager when you arrive and request that they call you if a turtle release is going to take place. The staff in the Activity Center are another good source of information. Turtle releases take place at 8 p.m. on the beach.
      I hope that this helps and that you get to see a release during your stay.

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  1. Kevin Breeding
    Kevin Breeding says:

    We stayed at RC the week of June 27 this year. Have several pics from Thursday that week 1a-4a of turtles come up and nesting. Would love to share w you to use if you send me a link to upload or email address

    Kevin Breeding

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    • Joanna Green
      Joanna Green says:

      Dear Ron:
      Thank you for writing to Royal Resorts News.
      I’m sorry to tell you that the baby turtles may have all been released by the time you arrive, however it is worth asking at the Front Desk/Guest Services. The last two turtles to lay eggs at The Royal Sands and The Royal Caribbean did so on September 29 and they didn’t lay very many. Eggs take between 45 to 60 days to hatch so you could still be lucky.
      I hope that this helps.

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