EXPERIENCE THE SEA TURTLE RELEASE IN LOS CABOSFrom June through September, the sea turtles return to their home beaches on the Baja California peninsula to lay eggs on the coast of their birthplace. Visitors vacationing in Los Cabos can witness and even participate in release efforts. Accompany a newborn creature into the water and watch as it starts its new life in the ocean. The release of baby turtle hatchlings to the ocean is one of the most fascinating things you’ll ever experience. While enjoying the incredible Sea of Cortez sunset on the beach, you will help the conservation of sea turtles and will be mesmerized by this wonder of nature.
BAJA SEA TURTLE FACTS
The Sea of Cortez and Baja California peninsula are home to five species of sea turtles – Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Leatherback, Green Turtle and Olive Ridley – all of which are endangered. Here are a few fun facts about this majestic animal:
- Sea turtles are one of the most ancient species that inhabit the earth, being here for over 110 million years.
- 5 out of 7 of the world’s endangered sea turtle species inhabit Baja California peninsula.
- 2 of those 5 nest in Los Cabos, the Oliver Ridley and the Leatherback.
- The Oliver Ridley is the smallest sea turtle species.
- The Leatherback Sea Turtle, the largest of the sea turtle species, can grow to weight as much as 2000 lbs! It is also the deepest diving and most migratory of all sea turtles.
- It is estimated that 35,000 sea turtles are illegally hunted and killed annually throughout Baja California.
- The correct term for a baby turtle is “hatchling.”
- Hatchlings do not have sex chromosomes. Their gender is determined by the temperature within the nest.
- Only about 1 in every 1,000 sea turtle offspring will survive the treacherous journey from the nest to maturity.
- Once mature, sea turtles don’t have many predators, but the hatching process can be quite dangerous due to birds and sand crabs.
- Most mature sea turtles return to the same beach they were born to lay their eggs.
- Typically, sea turtles will come out at night and leave before sunrise.
- A sea turtle’s shell makes it easy for them to swim underwater, but unlike other turtles, they cannot retract into their shells.
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