A few of us from Team Comedor took a guided tour on the weekend at a turtle sanctuary called El Tortugario in Cuyutlan, a small town by the beach.
We took a boat ride through the Manglares (mangroves) of the estuary, Estero Palo Verde, an ecosystem well-known for many migratory birds and endangered species.
The mangrove forest was full of flora and fauna. We saw a baby crocodile, iguanas, snakes, and lots of birds: herons, kingfishers, cormorants, pelicans, osprey, frigate birds...
These giant lumps were all over the place. We found out that they were termite mounds.
We saw 2 types of turtles at the santuary: Tortuga Golfina and Tortuga Negra. This one was particularly friendly and curious and came to say hi.
So, we saw this gaggle of Mexican school kids heading to the beach all excited. Instinct told us to follow and blend into the group.
A very good call!
The mission of the ecological centre is for the conservation and protection of endangered sea turtles. For the past 20 years, they have released over 2 million baby turtles to the sea.
The day we showed up was the last release of this season. Bonus!!! How cool is that to hold an only hours old baby turtle in your hand!
Serena's turtle seemed a bit lost. While all the other baby turtles instinctively headed straight into the water, this little guy went sideways skirting along the edge of the beach. It ended up last in the race to the sea, having to be picked up and carried into the water directly. Let's hope he makes it and lives a long turtle life!