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Turtle Snorkeling in Akumal

Turtle Snorkeling in Akumal

Turtle Snorkeling in Akumal 

Running down the beach under a starlit sky, following the pale red light bobbing ahead of me, getting a little out of breath and feeling the sweat trickle down my neck. We're on turtle patrol on Playa Xpu Ha in the Riviera Maya, looking for nesting mamas to ensure that they are able to lay their eggs in peace and make their way back to the sea. Guillermo Camarena of Animo-OneWorld is a man on a mission, his job during turtle nesting season to monitor the long stretch of beach on Playa Xpu Ha, tracking the nests, moving eggs to protected areas and educating tourists and locals alike in how to preserve and protect these incredible creatures. He invited us to shadow him for a night in his valiant conservation quest.

 

 

Guillermo is obviously accustomed to hustling fast down the beach, it was really tough to keep up with him! We were glad we did though, as we huffed and puffed approached the Al Cielo hotel we came upon a beautiful loggerhead female in the process of laying her eggs. She had dug her nest very close to the hotel property in a high traffic area so it was decided that her eggs would be moved to the enclosed and protected area that has been set up on Xpu Ha, joining the 10000 other eggs already waiting to hatch. When mama was done, she had added 115 eggs to the count!

 

Date

22 January 2015

Categories

Turtle Snorkeling, Excursions, Snorkel

About EZ Snorkel

EZ Snorkel is a battery-powered, motorized, single-person catamaran for snorkeling specifically designed for non-swimmers or individuals with disabilities..

The concept of snorkeling with two flotation devices, an adjustable seat, and a viewer was introduced just over 6 years ago as a freshwater family activity. 

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