Troncones Turtle Rescue & Eco-Tourism

Posted on: December 17th, 2012 by Jenn No Comments

turtle release program, Troncones MexicoTroncones is renowned for so many wonderful features– and as a beautiful beach resort, you’ll have the time of your life here with us at Raqueros.  But in addition to all the things you have come to know us for (surfing, bird watching, and beach weddings in Mexico come to mind), you can add one more thing to the list: helping to restore the Pacific Ocean sea turtle population by releasing baby turtles into the wild.  There’s not much more amazing and sweet than holding an hours-old tiny turtle in your hand, and then sending it off towards the ocean with all the good wishes you can muster.turtle release program, Troncones Mexico

Our guests at Raqueros have a front-row seat for witnessing this miracle firsthand, and participating in the nightly release of baby turtes– and if you’re really lucky, you might even see a female turtle laying her eggs in the sand at night right in front of Raqueros!

Sea turtles have been listed as an endangered species by the World Conservation Union for many years; due mostly to the collection of eggs for human consumption along much of the Mexican coastline, it’s estimated that up to 35,000 sea turtles are killed each year. But heroic programs such as the one in Troncones are helping to restore the population, as well as adding the critical step of educating kids and adults alike about the importance of protecting–not eating– these majestic sea creatures.

turtle release program, Troncones MexicoThe turtle preservation program was begun by Juan Carlos, a young Troncones native.  At night, female turtles climb onto the beach to lay their eggs, and a team of volunteers carefully uncovers the eggs and transports them to a safe area in front of Robert’s Bistro, which has been converted into a hatchery.  The eggs are protected here, and two months later the babies break free of their shells and are collected into a basin, which is then brought to the waters’ edge nearly every evening.  This is when locals and tourists alike are welcomed to release the tiny turtles back into the ocean, sending them on their way with prayers for a long and happy turtle life.

It’s estimated that only 10% of the baby turtles will make it to adulthood, due to natural predators and environmental threats, which makes it all the more important for conservation programs to release such great numbers back into the wild.

There is no charge for helping to release the turtles, but donations are gratefully accepted towards this wonderful program, which helps to release up to 15,000 turtles every year back into the Pacific Ocean.  Make sure to return for another vacation in about 30 years, when many of these same babies will return to lay their eggs on the very beach where they were released!

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