World Turtle Day
Today is the day of one of the most beautiful, majestic and interest creatures in our planet, the sea turtle. We would like to share with you some facts about these incredible animals that have navigated the oceans of our planets in the last 110 million years, playing a crucial role in the balance and wellbeing of our sea ecosystems.
Facts about turtles:
- From the seven species of sea turtles, almost all of them are endangered species, this is due to human activity. The accidental capture of this creatures, because of fishing activities, is the biggest threat for the population of sea turtles. However, poaching is still a great danger for these incredible animals.
- Turtle nesting has a positive influence on the beaches. Eggshells and unattached eggs left behind provide important nutrients that nourish dune vegetation such as beach grasses, which stabilize dunes and help prevent costal erosion.
- Sea turtles also provide habitat for an array of “aquatic hitchhikers”, because sea turtles undergo long migrations, they help transport these species.
- Sea turtles are also an important part of the food web in and out of the ocean, being the pray of species like sharks, whales and jaguars in certain parts of the world.
- They are also the predator and controller of the population of species like jellyfish and seagrass, maintaining the healthiness of the ocean bottom. This is crucial to maintain the wellbeing and balance of the ecosystem.
The turtles in Fairmont Mayakoba
In Fairmont Mayakoba, we are committed with environmental education and the conservation of these species. Four species of sea turtles spawn eggs on our beach. For this season we count with specific actions to ensure the security of the turtles. In the night the beach is cleared to ensure space for the turtles. The sound is minimized after 10 pm and incandescent lights are used. It is also ensured that no predators are near, by conducting security tours around the beach.
How can we take care of turtles?
We can help the sea turtles by participating in a conservation programs or promoting the conservation of their habitats. In addition you can reduce your use of single used plastics, if you fish make sure you take all your gear with you avoiding to leave anything behind that might end up in the ocean. You can also raise awareness among you family and friends.
It is important to understand, learn and participate in the conservation of these amazing creatures. The more we are informed, the more we can protect them. Not only because they are beautiful, but for their role in the well-being of the sea ecosystem. Let’s work for a world were these creatures are safe and the future generations can me amazed by them too.”