Cozumel Turtle Season News
Cozumel Turtle Trivia:
Did you know sea turtle meat actually can be harmful to humans? Hawksbill sea turtles are specialists in devouring anemone and coral, creatures with stingers and poison that normally no other sea animal can eat. They can even eat Man o War – a highly toxic jellyfish – due to the thick armor of scales that turtles have. The toxicity of what they eat is absorbed in their body fat and is safe for turtles. However, people who eat turtles can be affected by the toxins: it can lead to liver cancer, kidney disease and even death. Sea turtles can also carry certain bacteria like Salmonella so please, just watch, don’t touch and don’t even think about eating a turtle.
The Turtle Trailer:
The Turtle Trailer, located on the windward side of the island is now open. Hours are currently subject to change depending on the number of appointed volunteers and turtle nests available.
For more details about sea turtle conservation please contact the Municipal Department of Ecology located on Av 65 and 31 South Street Col. Maravilla, inside the Cenote Park from 9am to 3 pm, or phone 872-5795.
Cozumel is fortunate to be a breeding area to two species of turtles, the loggerhead (careta careta) and the green turtle (chelonian mydas). Turtles in Cozumel are protected under both civil and penal codes, with the first decree of protection appearing in publication in “Diario Oficial de la Federación,” back in 1927. During the months of May through September these turtles come ashore to lay their eggs on Cozumel’s eastern beaches. Sea turtles generally lay between 150-200 eggs each time and can nest up to 6 times in a breeding season. The eggs take around 60 days to incubate before the baby turtles head toward the sea.