Photo of the week: turtle power in San Pancho


Every day at sunset in San Pancho, volunteers release baby turtles into the ocean. Volunteers patrol the beach at night and collect the eggs to protect them from local predators. These little guys had recently hatched and were in their basket, ready to be taken to the beach. They were scrambling around so much, it was tricky to find a focus.

In 16 years, the local turtle population has increased from 72 to 661 nesting females. Find out about volunteering with the turtles in San Pancho at Project Tortuga.

Posted on February 1, 2013 by Victoria in Mexico, Photo of the Week 4 Comments

4 Responses to Photo of the week: turtle power in San Pancho

  1. Paul Farrugia

    Oh wow!

    We did the same in Gili Meno in Indonesia. We felt so worried for the little turtle putting her in that big violent ocean! Thanks for the link to these guys. We will contact them to put them on our site.

    Happy travels!
    Paul (globalhelpswap)

    • Victoria

      I can imagine! We always wonder about how many of them will make it. Sadly it’s not very many, but at least people like you and the San Pancho Turtle group are helping to make a difference.

  2. Laura

    Hi Victoria

    I’ve always wanted to do something like this, a friend of mine helped to rescue and release some turtles in Greece a while back and I really wanted to do it. This has made me want to do it all over again!

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    • Victoria

      It is beautiful! We met lots of volunteers here who had a great time helping out on the project.


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