Have you ever had the opportunity to see a Sea Turtle up close? Better yet, how about helping baby turtles make it to the Sea of Cortez here in Los Barriles, B.C.S.?
Watch these babies make their way to the Sea (click this link to view)
Grupo Tortuguero Los Barriles founder Noe Araiza Fiol began this program in 2009.
They have since protected, hatched, and released over 15,000 sea turtle eggs to date. Noe noticed fewer and fewer turtles hatching, and having a young daughter, worried she would grow up and not see them any longer.
Five species of sea turtles have reproduced between La Paz and Todos Santos. Their numbers have dropped since 1997 due mostly to human activity. All 5 species are endangered now; 2 on the verge of extinction.
– Did you know that turtles spend their entire lives at sea.
– Only females come ashore to lay eggs every 2-5 years.
– 50% of hatchings never make it to open sea.
– They eat crabs, shrimp, lobster, urchins, jellies, algae, and fish.
– They live 40-60 years, some to 100!
The nests are labeled with estimated hatch date and checked daily by Noe who started this wonderful project to insure the safety of the nests and helping the little ones make it to the Sea. There are so many obstacles, just to be hatched. And then, actually hitting the water is a journey for these little guys.
From now through most of November you too can share this incredible opportunity of a turtle release and be a part of one of the most amazing happenings here in Baja Sur. Grupo Tortuguero Los Barriles provides an amazing experience free of charge to anyone that is interested. There are typically a couple releases per week.
It is an experience you will never forget.
Hope to see you here in Los Barriles, the most awesome place on the planet.
Noe goes to the schools for an education day and then follows with a turtle release that the children attend, like this one on October 12, 2012.