Every year, the Hawksbill turtles reach the coast of Celestún to lay their eggs. 2010 was not an exception. About 900 turtles have deposited their eggs in our shore. One of the favorite places is the beach of Hotel Xixim, where we have spotted 70 nests of endangered Hawksbill Turtles.
Some of them have arrived 2 and 3 times during their lifetime laying about 140 eggs every time. Of these eggs, only an average of 0.7% of the hatchlings survives, that means, that perhaps only one of these hatchlings make it to adulthood.
PRONATURA YUCATÁN, a local NGO, is responsible of rescuing the nests that are in risk of being swept away by waves and tides, or are endangered by human beings or animals such as dogs or opossums. The biologist in charge brings the eggs and buries them in the corral specially built for this in the premises of the hotel. After two months of incubation, once they hatch, the little turtles can be released at dawn by our guests.
With this method we create an environmental awareness and educate our guests and staff of the importance of protecting these prehistoric organisms that we have brought to the brink of extinction and the need and responsibility to rescue them.
There are no data on how efficient this rescue program is, but there is a strong believe that at least 1.5% to 2% survives doubling the chance of survival.