A fresh hatchling

Tulum Sea Turtle Festival

With November and the end of turtle season just around the corner, it's been a packed couple of months here on the beaches of Tulum. At ZAMAS alone we've had 9 nests- some of which have hatched right under our guests' feet!

Exodus

Exodus

As you may know, sea turtles return to the beach on which they were born, so the turtles in our current nests are the great-great-great-great-great-great grandchildren of a few courageous sea turtles from long ago. Since only one or two hatchlings survive to adulthood, their return to our beaches is a miraculous feat and one which we celebrate at ZAMAS. We feel a profound sense of gratitude for the enduring magnificence of the nature that surrounds us.

A fresh hatchling

A fresh hatchling

Yesterday kicked off the start of the Tulum Sea Turtle Festival, which will be going on through today in the towns of Tulum, Akumal and Xcacel Beach. The first festival was held in 2003 to raise awareness about the importance of conserving sea turtles. At the opening ceremony, local arts organizations set up consciousness-raising crafts for kids and adults alike. According to local biologists, this year Tulum boasted 20% more nests than in the previous 5 year! Yes!
Mexi Divers Dive Shop spotted this beauty on a recent snorkeling tour

Mexi Divers Dive Shop spotted this beauty on a recent snorkeling tour

The full festival will include art contests, expos, beach cleaning activities, sand sculpture & kite flying competitions and a release of baby sea turtles. For more information of the events of this year's festival, please click here
 
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