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Turtle Release Program at The Royal Sands

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What is the Royal Resorts Turtle Release Program?

Each summer, our resort security guards participate in the Turtle Release Program, watching over green and loggerhead turtles while they laboriously dig their nests on the beach at night and then lay their eggs in the sand. The eggs are subsequently moved to the safety of a corral further up the beach and out of harm’s way. Forty-five to 60 days later, they begin to hatch and the babies struggle clear of the shells. It may take them over an hour to emerge and they are exhausted when they do. However, by the time the sun goes down, they are fully revived, no doubt responding to the mysterious call of the ocean.

Guards wait until it is dark and winged predators such as seagulls, frigate birds and pelicans have gone to roost before releasing the babies to begin life at sea. Royal Resorts Members, guests & the general public is invited to participate in this beautiful summer experience by giving their turtle a name and saying a prayer as they release it. No flash photography please.

The latest turtle count shows that as of October 11, 191 nests and 21,553 eggs have been registered for the season at The Royal Caribbean and 97 nests and 10,508 eggs at The Royal Sands. This is good news for turtle lovers who were anxious to see how our summer visitors would fare this year.

With many of the eggs yet to hatch at both resorts, members and guests planning a trip in the next two or three weeks may still be lucky enough to witness a Turtle Release and don’t forget that you can see turtles all year round at Xcaret.

Why not take a moment to share your experience with us? Please join us at The Royal Resorts Facebook Page to do so, or Email us your turtle photos

Wednesday November 17 UPDATE:

Thanks to everybody that has kindly joined us on our Royal Resorts Turtle Release Program. With your help, we have released almost 2,000 baby turtles in barely 3 weeks into the Mexican Caribbean!

And guess what? We have another Turtle Release tonight82 baby turtles have hatched and will be released into the sea. Those little turtles sure have been busy!

Join us tonight, Wednesday November 17, at 7:00p.m. on the beach in front of The Royal Sands! Everyone’s invited to take part of this wonderful experience, the invitation is open to the general public as well as to members & guests.

Beach access is public, the only thing is that you won’t be allowed to access the beach through the resort’s facilities unless you are a member or guest, since this is a private club.

NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY PLEASE, it hurts the little turtles’ eyes.

I hope to see you there!
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ACTUALIZACION Miércoles 17 de  Noviembre:
¡Gracias a todos los que nos han hecho el amable favor de acompañarnos en nuestro Programa de Liberación de Tortugas Royal Resorts! Con la ayuda de todos ustedes, hemos liberado cerca de 2,000 tortuguitas en apenas 3 semanas, y todavía hay mas esperando nacer.

¿Y que creen? ¡Tenemos otra Liberacion de Tortugas esta noche! 82 nuevas tortuguitas estan listas para iniciar su vida en el mar Caribe. ¡Las tortuguitas no pierden el tiempo!

Acompáñanos hoy, Miércoles 17 de Noviembre, a las 7:00p.m. en el Royal Sands para otra liberación de tortugas. ¡Se parte de esta maravillosa experiencia!

La invitación es abierta para todo público; el acceso a la playa es público y no necesitan ser miembros o huéspedes de los Royal Resorts para brindar su ayuda. Sólamente no les será permitido entrar por las instalaciones del hotel, ya que es un club privado.

Por favor, NO TOMEN FOTOS CON FLASH, lastiman los ojos de las pequeñas tortugas.

¡Nos vemos pronto!

Past Turtle Releases – Liberaciones de Tortugas recientes

Tuesday November 16:

Thanks to everyone who joined us during the weeekend for more Royal Resorts Turtle Release Program releases. With your help, we released 399 Baby Turtles into the sea! We’ll keep you posted on new Royal Resorts Turtle Release Program releases.

Please keep scrolling down to see past releases & lovely photos.

Español:

Gracias a todos los que nos acompañaron el fin de semana para el Programa de Liberacion de Tortugas Royal Resorts. Con la ayuda de todos, liberamos 399 Tortuguitas al mar!

Los mantendremos informados de próximos Programas de Liberación de Tortugas Royal Resorts.

Pueden ver liberaciones pasadas y hermosas fotos más abajo.

Tuesday November 9:

Thanks to everybody that joined us last night for our Turtle Release Program. With your help, we released a total of  152 baby turtles into the Caribbean sea. This has been a very active Turtle Season, we have released 1,279 baby turtles in just over a week and there are still more waiting to hatch!

Here are some beautiful photos taken by Royal Resorts staff and also Members & Guests.

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Actualización Martes 9 de Noviembre

¡Gracias a todos los que nos acompañaron anoche en nuestro Programa de Liberación de Tortugas! Con la ayuda de todos, pudimos liberar 152 tortugas bebé al mar Caribe. Esta ha sido una Temporada de Tortugas con mucha actividad, hemos liberado 1279 tortuguitas en poco mas de 1 semana ¡y todavía hay mas esperando nacer!

Les dejamos algunas hermosas fotos tomadas por el staff de los Royal Resorts asi como por los Socios y Huéspedes.

Turtle Release Program at The Royal Sands, Monday November 8 pictures | Programa de Liberación de Tortugas en el Royal Sands, fotos del Lunes 8 de Noviembre

Monday Nov 8 Turtle Release at The Royal Sands - Royal Resorts Turtle Release Program

Members & Guests lined up and ready to release baby turtles – Royal Resorts Turtle Release Program

Monday Nov 8 Turtle Release at The Royal Sands - Royal Resorts Turtle Release Program

Participants picking up their baby turtles to be released – Royal Resorts Turtle Release Program

Monday Nov 8 Turtle Release at The Royal Sands - Royal Resorts Turtle Release Program

Royal Resorts Staff giving participants baby turtles to release – Royal Resorts Turtle Release Program

Monday Nov 8 Turtle Release at The Royal Sands - Royal Resorts Turtle Release Program

And off they go! Participants releasing baby turtles – Royal Resorts Turtle Release Program

Past Turtle Release Program pictures / Fotos de Liberaciones de Tortugas pasadas

Nest at the Sands - Royal Resorts Turtle Release Program

Turtle Nest at the Sands – Royal Resorts Turtle Release Program

Ready for the water - Royal Resorts Turtle Release Program

Ready for the water – Royal Resorts Turtle Release Program

Ready to take off -  Royal Resorts Turtle Release Program

Ready to take off – Royal Resorts Turtle Release Program

Fences protecting the turtle nests at The Royal Sands beach

The just-hatched baby turtles before being released into the ocean

Staff instructing visitors to stay behind the protected area

Turtle babies going into the sea

And off they go! Members & guests releasing baby turtles

Baby Turtles at The Royal Sands

Baby Turtles going into the sea for the first time

Enjoy the local wildlife and help support local organizations

If you enjoy our Turtle Release Program, you might be interested in the Cancun ecotours offered by Thomas More Travel, such as the Rio Lagartos & Ek Balam Tour and Sian Ka’an Wilderness Tour.

In order to protect & support our local ecosystems, Thomas More Travel works together with multiple research organizations such as the WWF, Ecotourism Society, SEMARNAT, the Smithsonian School, Environmental Studies in Minnesota and the Adventure Travel Association to optimize our knowledge and provide the best protection. In order to preserve nature we make donations to projects that protect the Mayan nature.

About Sian Ka’an

Journey to a place where water, land and sky become one, Sian Ka’an, a natural wonderland of jungle, marsh and mangrove forest, coastal lagoons and coral reefs, so rich in wildlife that it has earned its place on the UNESCO World Heritage List. One of the largest biosphere reserves in Mexico, Sian Ka’an is home to over 350 species of birds; crocodiles, manatees and raccoons inhabit the mangroves and jaguars, ocelots, monkeys and peccary head the list of jungle creatures.

Your guide will tell you all about Sian Ka’an, its ecosystems and biodiversity and its importance in the area. Keep your camera at the ready for incredible sightings of herons, flocks of ibis, wood storks in the wetlands and hummingbirds, trogons and parrots in the jungle.

About Rio Lagartos & Ek Balam

Witness one of the natural wonders of the Yucatan Peninsula, thousands of pink flamingos. Located on the northern coast of the Yucatan, the Rio Lagartos Biosphere Reserve is home to a 30,000-strong breeding colony of this elegant pink wader. They share their wetland habitat with 300 other species of bird, crocodiles, raccoons and even the water-loving jaguar.

Past Turtle Releases

Monday November 8:

Thanks to everybody that joined us on Saturday & Sunday for our Turtle Release Program. With your help, we released a total of  362 baby turtles into the Caribbean sea. This has been a very active Turtle Season, we have released 1,127 baby turtles in just over a week and there are still more waiting to hatch!

And guess what? We have another Turtle Release tonight;  152 newborn turtles have hatched and will be released into the sea. Those little turtles sure have been busy!

Join us tonight, Monday November 8, at 7:00p.m. on the beach in front of The Royal Sands! Everyone’s invited to take part of this wonderful experience. NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY PLEASE, it hurts the little turtles’ eyes.

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Lunes 8 de Noviembre

¡Gracias a todos los que nos acompañaron el Sábado y Domingo en nuestro Programa de Liberación de Tortugas! Con la ayuda de todos, pudimos liberar 362 tortugas bebé al mar Caribe. Esta ha sido una Temporada de Tortugas con mucha actividad, hemos liberado 1127 tortuguitas en poco mas de 1 semana y todavía hay mas esperando nacer.

¿Y que creen? ¡Tenemos otra Liberacion de Tortugas esta noche! 152 nuevas tortuguitas estan listas para iniciar su vida en el mar Caribe. ¡Las tortuguitas no pierden el tiempo!

Acompáñanos hoy, Lunes 5 de Noviembre, a las 7:00p.m. en el Royal Sands para otra liberación de tortugas. ¡Se parte de esta maravillosa experiencia! Por favor, NO TOMEN FOTOS CON FLASH, lastiman los ojos de las pequeñas tortugas.

Friday November 5

Thanks to everybody that joined us last night for our Turtle Release Program. With your help, we released 217 baby turtles into the Caribbean sea. This has been a very active Turtle Season, we have released almost 1,000 baby turtles and there are still more waiting to hatch.

And guess what? We have another Turtle Release tonight; 198 newborn turtles will be released into the sea. Those turtles sure are busy hatching!

Join us tonight, Friday November 4, at 7:00p.m. on the beach in front of The Royal Sands! Everyone’s invited to take part of this wonderful experience. NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY PLEASE, it hurts the little turtles’ eyes.

Español:

¡Gracias a todos los que nos acompañaron anoche en nuestro Programa de Liberación de Tortugas! Con la ayuda de todos, pudimos liberar 217 tortugas bebé al mar Caribe. Esta ha sido una Temporada de Tortugas con mucha actividad, hemos liberado casi 1000 tortuguitas y todavía hay mas esperando nacer.

¿Y que creen? ¡Tenemos otra Liberacion de Tortugas esta noche! 198 nuevas tortuguitas estan listas para iniciar su vida en el mar Caribe. ¡Las tortuguitas no pierden el tiempo!

Acompáñanos hoy, Viernes 5 Nov, a las 7:00p.m. en el Royal Sands para otra liberación de tortugas. ¡Se parte de esta maravillosa experiencia! Por favor, NO TOMEN FOTOS CON FLASH, lastiman los ojos de las pequeñas tortugas.

November 4:

Thanks to everybody that joined us last night for our Turtle Release Program. With your help, we released 235 baby turtles into the Caribbean sea. This has been a very active Turtle Season, we have released over 600 baby turtles and there are still more waiting to hatch.

And guess what? We have another Turtle Release tonight; 217 newborn turtles will be released into the sea. Those turtles sure are busy hatching!

Join us tonight, Thursday November 4, at 7:00p.m. on the beach in front of The Royal Sands! Everyone’s invited to take part of this wonderful experience. NO FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY PLEASE, it hurts the little turtles’ eyes.

Español:

¡Gracias a todos los que nos acompañaron anoche en nuestro Programa de Liberación de Tortugas! Con la ayuda de todos, pudimos liberar 235 tortugas bebé al mar Caribe. Esta ha sido una Temporada de Tortugas con mucha actividad, hemos liberado ya mas de 600 tortuguitas y todavía hay mas esperando nacer.

¿Y que creen? ¡Tenemos otra Liberacion de Tortugas esta noche! 217 nuevas tortuguitas estan listas para iniciar su vida en el mar Caribe. ¡Las tortuguitas no pierden el tiempo!

Acompáñanos hoy, Jueves 4 Nov, a las 7:00p.m. en el Royal Sands para otra liberación de tortugas. ¡Se parte de esta maravillosa experiencia! Por favor, NO TOMEN FOTOS CON FLASH, lastiman los ojos de las pequeñas tortugas.

November 3:

Thanks to everybody that joined us last night for our Turtle Release Program. With your help, we released 235 baby turtles into the Caribbean sea.

Missed last night’s Turtle Release? Join us tonight, Wednesday November 2, 7:00p.m. on the beach in front of The Royal Sands! Everyone’s invited to take part of this wonderful experience.

¡Gracias a todos los que nos acompañaron anoche en nuestro Programa de Liberación de Tortugas! Con la ayuda de todos, pudimos liberar 235 tortugas bebé al mar Caribe.

¿Te perdiste la Liberacion de Tortugas de anoche? Acompáñanos hoy, Miércoles 3 Nov, 7:00p.m. en el Royal Sands para otra liberación. ¡Se parte de esta maravillosa experiencia!

November 2:

Thank you for joining us last night! We had the pleasure of releasing 115 baby turtles into the sea.

Everyone’s invited to join us today, Tuesday November 2, at 7:00 p.m. in front of the “A” building at The Royal Sands. We’ll be releasing more just-hatched baby turtles into the sea as part of the Royal Resorts Turtle Release Program. You can’t miss this experience! Just remember please: NO FLASH PHOTOS, as they hurt the little turtles’ eyes. Thanks and I hope to see you there.

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¡Muchas gracias a todos los que nos acompañaron anoche! Tuvimos el placer de liberar 115 tortuguitas a su nueva vida en el mar Caribe.

Están todos cordialmente invitados a la liberación de tortugas recién nacidas que se llevará a cabo el día de hoy, Martes 2 de Noviembre, en punto de las 7:00 p.m. en la playa del Royal Sands, frente al edificio “A”. Esto forma parte del Programa de Liberación de Tortugas de los Royal Resorts, que cada año protege y ayuda a miles de tortugas. Por favor sean puntuales y NO TOMAR FOTOS CON FLASH, ya que lastiman los ojos de las tortugas. Gracias y esperamos contar con su presencia, ¡esto es una maravillosa experiencia digna de ser vivida!

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