Turtle Loving Fun - Zihuatanejo Sea Turtle Release

Updated: Aug 12, 2021

As we welcome in the rainy season Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa, we also welcome back the sea turtles. During the rainy season, sea turtles arrive on our beaches to bury their eggs in the sand and leave them safe from predators. Eggs lay in the sand for 6 to 10 weeks, depending on the breed of sea turtle. Zihuatanejo is fortunate enough to be able to experience releasing baby sea turtles year-round. But some months are better than others; from August to February, baby sea turtles are released almost every day of the week. From March to July, it may only be 1 to 2 days a week. The baby sea turtles are released during sunset on the beautiful beaches all around Zihuatanejo and Ixtapa. Three types of sea turtles come to our area to lay their eggs; the black sea turtle, which is also called a green sea turtle, the leatherback sea turtle, and the Oliver Ridley sea turtle distinctive in its own way. Super cool fun fact about sea turtles; it is the temperature of the sand that determines the sex of sea turtles: below 85 degrees Fahrenheit (30ºC) is predominately male; above 85 degrees Fahrenheit (30ºC) is predominately female. Let’s look at these three types of sea turtles in detail.

Pacific Black Sea Turtle

The Pacific Black Sea Turtle, Chelonia mydas agassizii (Linnaeus, 1758), is a member of the Cheloniidae Family of Sea Turtles and is known in Mexico as Tortuga marina Negra. Officially known as the East Pacific green sea turtle, the black sea turtle is smaller and darker than the green sea turtle. The black sea turtle can be found in the eastern tropical Pacific and is not commonly observed in the open ocean. Adult black sea turtles tend to inhabit bays and protected shorelines from Baja, California, all t