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babytortus1We are delighted to announce the birth of the first sea turtles of the season earlier today at The Royal Sands. All 117 are doing fine and will be released after dark tonight when there are fewer bird predators such as sea gulls and frigate birds around. If you have ever gently held a baby turtle or watched as they scuttle across the sand towards the waves, you’ll have been amazed at the strength of these tiny creatures and the powerful urge that drives them.

We visited these little dudes this afternoon and found them taking a well-earned nap, a real Mexican siesta! As you can see from the photos, they do not look very energetic. After all, it is hard work chipping away at the egg shell and it takes them over an hour, sometimes even longer to struggle free. However, they soon begin to revive as the sun goes down and the sea breeze picks up.

Once they enter the sea, male turtles spend the rest of their lives in the water but the females return to the beaches where they were born to dig their nests. We hope and pray that in 12 to 15 years time many of these green turtles will lay their own eggs on the Mexican Caribbean coast.

So we welcome our newborns with a hearty bienvenidas tortuguitas and we wish them Godspeed as they begin their lives at sea.

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5 replies
  1. Philip & Connie McGlasson
    Philip & Connie McGlasson says:

    we’re hoping for a GREAT season. it’s very enjoyable to be able to join in releasing these little ones into the sea. AND to be able to see turtles while snorkling out in Bahía Mujeres is frutage of the care given these little ones.

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  2. Matt in Washington DC
    Matt in Washington DC says:

    We have released turtles at the Royal Resorts many times. My 5 year old daughter asked if there will be any turtles to release when we visit the Sands next week (8/22/09).

    With 52 nests and over 6300 eggs this season, I think I can tell her YES!

    What a great tradition and wonderful memory for my children (and me)! We thank the Royal Resorts for their efforts in saving the turtles and giving us the opportunity to participate in releasing them.

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  3. Joe
    Joe says:

    For many years one of the nests has been directly below our villa at the Royal Caribbean. So many times we have helped the turtles as they hatched. The security team, as usual, have been so fantastic with the turtles.

    It is priceless when we get to help release the turtles at night. I fondly remember last year my grandson and other young family members running down the beach at night when security let us know they were releasing the turtles.

    Just another magic moment at my home away from home.

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  4. Marisa Miller
    Marisa Miller says:

    We stayed at the Royal Carribean for our first ever trip to Cancun. We were able to help release baby turtles on one of the nights and on our last night in Cancun August 27th 2010 we went down to the beach and saw four turtles come up to lay their eggs. It was the highlight of our trip and we are right now making arrangements to return this year. It was amazing!!! Thank you Royal Carribean and staff!!!!

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    • jgreen
      jgreen says:

      Dear Marisa: Thank you for sharing your memories of these incredible creatures. The Mexican Caribbean is one of the world’s most important nesting areas for the green turtle and here at Royal Resorts we are proud to do what we can to protect them.
      We look forward to seeing you and your family in the summer. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to assist you in the lead up to your visit.

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