Sea Turtle Release

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Every summer, on the white sand beaches of Cancun endangered sea turtles come ashore at night to lay their eggs. Visitors to Cancun during this time have the opportunity to participate in one of the best kept secrets in the area  - participating in a program releasing hatchling sea turtles into the ocean. Several resorts participate in sea turtle nesting and release programs.

At the Ritz Carlton, Kanan-Aks (Turtle Guardians in the Mayan language) protect the eggs at the resort's "Turtle Camp" where they will be watched for 50 to 60 days until they hatch. Once they hatch, the Turtle Guardians, assisted by guests, gather in the evenings to help the hatchlings on their way into the sea.

Photo via Palace Resorts
It is remarkable to see these tiny baby sea turtles hatching and then making their way into the ocean.  Adult sea turtles grow to be around 300 pounds, but the hatchlings are small enough to fit into the palm of your hand. The trip from the nest to the water is one of the most dangerous times in a sea turtle’s life, because crabs and seagulls often grab them before they can make it to the water, so turtle release programs are beneficial in helping in the turtle's survival.
If you have the opportunity to participate in a sea turtle release program, do not miss it - it is an experience you will never forget.