The sea turtles are crucial but sadly they are endangered.
LAYING OF EGGS
We have had the joy and pleasure to attend one night, with volunteers of the turtle camp (redtortuguera.org) of Puerto Vallarta (Jalisco, Mexico), the laying of eggs from a sea turtle.
We have gone with two volunteers of the camp and have patrolled the beach around midnight to see if a turtle would come to lay her eggs. At 1am we have had the immense pleasure of seeing a turtle laying her eggs, close the hole and go back to the ocean. This is a moment that can last for hours, we have to be especially quiet and very calm. This experience of seeing this mother turtle lay her eggs was memorable, fantastic, fabulous.
Without noise and without light, we softly caressed her shell and wished her luck for her future in the ocean. This moment was magic and unforgettable.
Diego, the volunteer “expert” of the turtle camp showed us how to find the eggs. With the help of a wood stick he pierces in the sand to feel where the mother laid her eggs. He pierced two, three places and finally found them. We dug to retrieve the eggs, there were 107 of them! It was in the same time incredibly moving, touching and marvelous. We had in our hands sea turtle eggs. They were so fragile that we barely dared touching them.
We brought them back to the camp in a plastic bag then dug a hole in the sand and carefully put them inside. We wrote the date and number of eggs found on a little wood stick that we planted where we had put the eggs.
The incubation lasts about 2 months so we were also able to participate in the release of the baby turtle to the ocean.
RELEASING THE BABY TURTLES TO THE OCEAN
This time, we went to the turtle camp of Sayulita. The liberation happens around 8pm before the sunset (the newborns instinctively go in the direction of the ocean thanks to the light of the sun).
There is no word to describe how these little turtles are beautiful and moving. It was marvelous, moving, magnificent, touching, overwhelming. They are so small, so fragile and so beautiful. We put a little bit of sand in our hands and brought them close to the ocean. They all headed (in their own rhythm) to the ocean. It’s unbelievable and we were asking ourselves what could happen next, when they are in the ocean.
These camps exist all over the world (Malaysia, Mexico etc.) to protect the eggs and babys from predators (birds, human).
We wished happiness to these babies and sent all our positive energy.
A GREAT THANK YOU
We have been moved, happy and lucky to witness the laying of eggs and the release of the newborns to the ocean.
These volunteers are unbelievable and fight to protect the sea turtles. Their work is remarkable and luckily they are here to preserve the magnificent turtles. Thank you to Diego and all the other volunteers around the world.
Unique experience that once again makes us realize even more how our planet is a jewel and how nature is unique.