Select Page

Sea turtles and surfers oh my

December 14, 2019
On Baja Sur, we found endless beaches and marine life beyond our expectations. Once you start to explore this area, it is tough to leave it all behind.
Surfing is such an amazing concept. You’re taking on Nature with a little stick and saying, ‘I’m gonna ride you!’ And a lot of times Nature says, ‘No you’re not!’ and crashes you to the bottom.

Jolene Blalock

Playa San Pedrito or El Pescadero is the first beach I want to interduce to you. This beach is located northwest of Cabo San Lucas and technically is on the Pacific Ocean side of the Baja. This beach is well known by surfers, especially starting November, when the Pacific ocean will bring in substantial waves to ride.

Early morning surfing

It might be not the best beach to swim, but watching those brave surfer souls attacking those waves and dance on the surface and run under the pipes is impressive to observe.

Riding the wave

 

 

Life lesson of a Baby Sea Turtle

1. Life begins on the beach.

2. Sometimes you are to dig yourself out of a hole you didn’t dig.

3. Keep the faith you`ll make it.

4. Never forget where you came from.

5. Life is better with a good friend

But there is another wonder happening while the surfer’s surf. At night The sea turtles come up to the beach and lay their eggs.

Groupo Tortuguero de Todos Santos A.C.

After 45-55 days, baby turtles hatch and crawl out of the beach.

Baby Turtle on the way to the ocean

Dedicated volunteers try to find the nests and relocate them to a safer place and let them hatch. During all of  November, at 7 am and 5 pm every day, the hatched babies will be released with human help into the ocean under a watchful eye until those baby turtles are bobbing in the waves.

Releasing baby turtles

We were lucky enough to be here for this joyous event and helped these little wonders to get to the ocean.

Every sea turtle begins life the same way. They hatch within its buried nest, forces its way to the surface, and sprints ( and some are not at all in a hurry to get there) toward the water past the gauntlets of crabs, birds and other predators. Many die, but they emerge in such numbers that there are plenty of survivors.

They dive beneath the wave and disappear. As we help them to get to the ocean and see them swim away your heart and soul feels complete and deep inside you rood for every single little turtle to come back in 20 to 30 years to return to the same beach, she was born to repeat this wonderful event.