02 February 2012 | Playa La Ropa, Zihuatanejo
We went for a walk along Playa La Ropa yesterday to check to see if they still had crocodiles down by The Mangelar Restaurant. Well we didn't get a glimpse of any crocodiles this time, but on the way there we passed one of the fenced off areas where they take the turtle eggs and were treated to seeing some fresh hatchlings.
In an attempt to protect the different species of turtles that come on to these beaches to lay their eggs, hotels will sponsor these hatching pens so that when the little turtles hatch and struggle to the surface of the sand, someone can be there to help them get safely to the sea. Normally the little turtles come up and go directly to the ocean, but many do not survive the trek down the beach due to all kinds of hazards like birds and dogs. But when they hatch in the controlled environment, they are collected and kept in water until nightfall when they can be released to the sea with much better chance of survival.
Yesterday we were lucky enough to be passing one of these pens when 4 little turtles crawled their way out! What a sight to see!