Cabo San Lucas turtle season

I’ve written about Cabo San Lucas before, I’ve written about nature watching and meaningful travel before, so I thought this press release was worth sharing. These are turtle tours where you could get involved in helping the turtles:

SAN JOSE DEL CABO, MEXICO, July 16, 2008 РEach year in July marks the beginning of sea turtle season along the beaches of Cabo San Lucas when female endangered sea turtles start returning to shore to nest and lay their eggs. The first group of endangered female sea turtles of the year were reported on the beaches just two weeks ago, reported Ren̩ Pinal, the long-time owner and operator of a non-profit organization called Association for the Protection of the Environment and the Marine Turtle in Southern Baja (ASUPMATOMA).

For nearly two decades, Pinal, a long-time environmentalist and real estate investor, and his non-profit group ASUPMATOMA, have been dedicated to protecting the area’s endangered sea turtles and environment on his private 2000-acre nature preserve located just 15 minutes north of Cabo San Lucas along the Sea of Cortez. Pinal’s estate, the San Cristobal Nature Preserve, is in fact the last private protected nesting beach for endangered sea turtles in all of Los Cabos due to the continued development that has been taking place throughout the region in recent years.

Each year, Pinal and his non-profit organization save tens of thousand newborn baby sea turtles along the Los Cabos shorelines from coastal development, pollution, and illegal hunting and fishing practices, which have largely contributed to the demise of these endangered species. Last year, alone, ASUPMATOMA protected 562 nests with a total of 59,361 eggs, resulting in the birth of 41,684 newborn baby sea turtles that were then released to sea.

“This is a very exciting time of year for us because in just a few months, usually at the end of September, we will be able to watch the birth of thousands of endangered baby sea turtles as they hatch from their eggs and make their way to sea for the first time,” Pinal said. “Witnessing this annual event is a truly remarkable experience for local residents, children and tourists, alike, who participate. People travel from all over the world to our preserves every year to see the baby sea turtles hatch from their eggs and help release them to the ocean.”

The endangered sea turtles, which have lost most of their habitat in the Los Cabos area to hotels and resorts that now cover the shoreline, as well as become victims of illegal hunting and fishing, beachfront lighting and pollution, can still find shelter at Pinal’s estate, which is the last standing private preserve for endangered sea turtles.

The San Cristobal Nature Reserve is open to the public year round. However, the sea turtle season takes place from July 15 to December 15, and the best times to actually witness newborn baby sea turtles on the beaches is between September and November. Those who are interested in participating in ASUPMATOMA’s 2008 sea turtle rescue tours can contact Baja and Beyond Tours at 866-558-3180 or www.bajabeyond.com.

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  1. jennismortal says:

    Spend a morning or afternoon in Rancho Punta San Cristobal with local biologists and conservationists touring the sea turtle camps and environmental preserves belonging to founder of ASUPMATOMA, René Pinal and his family, while learning about these endangered species, the problems they face, and steps being taken to protect them from extinction.

    At the end of the session, participants are invited to adopt their own baby sea turtle, which they then name and return safely to the sea. The proud moms and dads of their new baby sea turtles will receive an official certificate of adoption stating their name, the name of their sea turtle, and an oath promising to protect the environment and share their knowledge with others.

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  2. Paula says:

    Two years ago in March, we were at what is now the Holiday Inn in San Jose and were able to participate in a baby turtle release. We are looking at a family vacation this March including grandsons. Are the baby turtles released only in the fall, or will we see them in March?

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