Staff and guests at Zoëtry Villa Rolandi Isla Mujeres Cancun were delighted and surprised when they stumbled upon two turtle nests hatching on the white-sand beach bordering the resort.
Close to 200 of these adorable little creatures emerged from their sandy nests while staff and guests worked together to collect the babies.
The turtles were taken to a Turtle Farm on Isla Mujeres called Tortugranja where experts identified the babies as white or Aruana turtles, which are in danger of extinction due to the high value of their eggs, skin and meat. Tortugranja evaluated the health of each turtle and marked them so the babies can be tracked as part of a conservation program for their species. The turtle farm will release them into the sea when the time is right and the babies have a better chance to survive their walk into the ocean.
Guests at Zoëtry Villa Rolandi can visit the Turtle Farm, which is located just a few minutes from the resort. There you can admire Aruana turtles and other marine species being cared for at Tortugranja. Some lucky visitors to the farm can even participate in turtle releases.
Several years from now when the baby turtles from Zoëtry Villa Rolandi’s beach are adults, they will look like the turtles you see below!