Obviously one of the mayor attractions of visiting Cancun are those beautiful beaches accompanied by the warm water of the Caribbean Sea. Exactly this is now under thread by a natural phenomenon: Seaweed (Sargassum – a brown macroalga originating from the Atlantic Ocean's Sargasso Sea).
Today the Department of Ecology in Cancun has issued the official permits for the registered sea turtle protection corrals. This year is expected to be a very strong season and much higher numbers of female turtles laying eggs on the sandy beaches in the popular vacation destination should be seen.
This poor Green Sea Turtle had a “rough” night out. She arrived on our beach at around 04:45 am and was really struggling finding the perfect spot where she could lay her eggs. The story doesn’t end here, because after over an hour of digging she was not satisfied and moved on to yet another spot and started all over again.
As mentioned in our previous post we were busy preparing everything to construct the protection corral for the 2017 season. Finally it is done and just in time as we have noticed very high numbers of Sea Turtles arriving. After a few Green Sea Turtles it was nice that we recovered also the eggs of four Loggerhead Turtles. Hopefully we will also have some Hawksbill Sea Turtles this year (these are the rarest ones we get and last year we only protected one nest of this species with 103 eggs).
Once again we are getting busy as the first turtles arrived on our beach to lay their eggs. Officially the protection program and turtle season starts on the first of May, but so far we have received “only” 12 Green Sea Turtles that deposited 1280 eggs. We expect much more movement over the next two weeks and hopefully have another successful season with these beautiful creatures.