Baby Turtle Frenzy

Posted on: May 23, 2018 by Holly

Turtle Conservation in Nicaragua

Well, it’s here, it’s officially World Turtle Day people! And even though we love ALL types of turtles, we’re especially fond of the baby turtles at Rise Up Surf. We developed a bit of a soft spot for these little guys earlier in the year when we got to assist in the release of a couple-hundred hatchlings with a local conservation project at Jiquilillo beach.

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World Turtle Day – Sponsored by American Tortoise Rescue – was created as an annual observance to help people celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world. Interestingly, Nicaragua is among the few countries in the world where sea turtles come to lay their eggs.

Understandably, this event is attractive to international tourists. Because it’s such a rare occurance, happening only a few times a year, there are several factors that threaten the longevity and viability of the eggs. Because of this, there are several organizations throughout Nicaragua that aim to increase the chances of survival for all of our little friends.

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Unfortunately, the journey from the nest to the open water is the most dangerous part of the baby turtles’ lifes. There are many threats to the small turtles, and only few out of the thousands hatchlings survive until adulthood. But aside from predators that form part of the natural cycle, these turtles face even graver danger from humans.

Up and down the Pacific coast, there exists much poverty for the local people, many of whom have inherited the tradition of utilizing sea turtles and their eggs for food and commercial product. While this has been made illegal in Nicaragua, there is little enforcement of the law. While there are organizations aiming to control the impact that this hunting has on the turtle population, there are few covering the Pacific coast, which has brought us to an alarming situation. Sadly, the two species that frequent this coast are both in danger of extinction.

And that’s why the experience that we got to have was so special. It’s because of these small, locally-run conservation projects that any of these turtles have a chance of survival. And when you’re out in the surf and see a tiny turtle-head bobbing by, you can’t help but smile and chear the little guy on.

Thankfully we had videographer Clem on hand to document the special moment so that we could share it with you all. Check out the video below, or hop on over to Youtube and subscribe to our channel so that you never miss a video.

So if turtle-conservation is something you’re passionate about, there are a couple different ways that you can get involved. Two notable organizations in Nicaragua are the Cocibolca Foundation and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), both of which you can donate to online. But if you’re looking into a stay with us at Rise Up and want to get involved with a turtle-release project, then consider coming during the peak hatching season (September-February) or just mention it in your reservation inquiry and we’ll try to make your turtle dreams come true. You can book your trip here.

And while we want you to enjoy the beautiful Pacific beaches and these wonderful creatures, here are a few tips to keep in mind if you do encounter them in their natural habitat, curteousy of Vianica.com.

When watching turtles, please take the following guidelines into consideration to ensure that the turtles can safely come to the beach and lay their eggs.

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