A MAGICAL JOURNEY: SPOTLIGHT ON SEA TURTLES
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
The preservation of ocean and marine life is a priority to Costa Palmas. With that in mind, from August to October, Costa Palmas, along with the local government, unite to protect the vulnerable Olive Ridley sea turtles that nest throughout the stunning Baja coastline. The Costa Palmas team, along with the local government, patrol approximately 30km of coastline allowing the sea turtles to grow and journey to the sea in a protected environment. Each year more than 300 turtle nests are relocated and planted safely in safe areas within the Costa Palmas property where they are protected and tracked.
The Olive Ridley turtles, also called the Pacific Ridley, incubate in their eggs for approximately two months and then slowly hatch and claw their way out of the nest and instinctively head toward the sea. To witness a turtle release into the ocean is a treasure that guests at Costa Palmas are able to participate in.
Throughout the season as the turtle’s hatch, organized releases take place on the sandy shores of Costa Palmas, welcoming guests to view a wonder of nature close-up. Recently, a group of our smallest community members embarked on their first trek – and like always, it was magical.
There are several programs in the Baja region created to protect hatchlings in their nests on the beaches. While only a small number of sea turtles successfully grow to maturity, the ones who survive can weight as much as 2,000 pounds.