The room was dark, I could hear my sibling turtles trying to push, pressing their feet against the shell to break free. It was humid and warm, comfortable in my egg if you ask me but I was ready to go out and explore. The first thing I felt was the soft and white sand below my little feet. I struggled to get my entire body out of the shell. It was exciting to smell the air and feel the salty breeze on my face. I tried to make a beeline to the sea, but stumbled many times on the beach. its tough for a little guy like me to coordinate my little fins. The waves of turquoise crashed on to the beach. Would that be my new home? How much longer will it take me to get there? Between the birds that were stalking me and the risk of my tiny body getting tired on my way to the ocean chances are slim I will make it. Only 1 of 100 of us little turtles live long enough to come back to nesting area again.
It´s a long haul across the beach to the water. I was determined but then I felt a shadow over me, it was a giant bird swooping in! Whew, that was close! Scared, I scurried towards the ocean as fast as I could. Not stopping to look back at the other turtles struggling to get to touch the warm and salty water. It seemed like millions of steps to make it to the water. A small wave threw me back on the beach, then a second bigger wave took me into the surf, swimming into the immensity of a new world!
We can only image what the thoughts of that baby turtle were, but we do know a few things about sea turtles…
1.- It takes almost a decade for them to reach sexual maturity
2.- The mothers place the eggs on the beach at night
3.- Turtles always return to the same beach where they were born to give birth
4.- Gender of the turtles depends on the temperature of the beach
5.- Incubation takes from 50 to 60 days
6.- A turtle can lay from 50 to 350 eggs at once
7.- The process of laying eggs takes from 50 to 180 minutes
8.- Quintana Roo is home of 4 out of 7 species of sea turtles that exist worldwide
9.- Sea Turtle nesting period starts on July and last hatchings can extend until February
10.- The survival percentage for Sea turtles actually is only 1%
– Read more about turtle season in the Riviera Maya.