Save the Turtles. San Pancho.

February 26, 2010

Less than 0.01% of the eggs hatch… and even fewer survive and reach adulthood. There are so many dangers for these little ones – the eggs are considered an aphrodisiac in Mexico, and if they are not by people or dogs looking for a snack, the hatched little ones often don’t make it to the water and suffocate beneath the sand. There are many turtle preservation camps around the world, one of which is right here in San Pancho, Mexico. Volunteers fly in from around the world, taking turns patrolling the beach at night to mark the locations of the nests. These are then taken to an incubator in the village until the little turtles are ready to face the ocean.

Witnessing this was nothing short of amazing. I hung out at the beach and waited for the sunset when I saw a man with a bunch of buckets starting to make markings on the sand – take a look!turtle preservation mexicoIt’s remarkable to witness the beginning of a journey, so fragile and hopeful. Check out the San Pancho turtle preservation camp for more info… In 16 years, the local turtle population has increased from 72 to 661 nesting females.
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  1. Amber Hughes

    February 26th, 2010 at 00:22

    Oh Katya! How magical! I would love to witness something like this in real life.. 🙂

  2. candice

    February 26th, 2010 at 08:03

    Simply AMAZING!!!

  3. Papa Igor

    February 26th, 2010 at 15:43

    It is sooo cooooooll!!!!

  4. Angela Hubbard

    February 26th, 2010 at 22:31


  5. Cat Watson

    February 27th, 2010 at 09:50

    Wow! That is amazing! They are so cute:) I love the B&W of all of them bunched up in a pile:)

  6. Ekaterina

    March 6th, 2010 at 19:52

    Isn’t incredible to watch? we witnessed a similar event while honeymooning on the island of Aruba three years ago.

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