Turtle Season on Cozumel Island
April throughout September marks turtle nesting season in Cozumel and the rest of the Quintana Roo shoreline. During these months Loggerhead and Green turtles return to their birth place to lay over 100 eggs and bury them in the soft sands of the eastern side of the island. After two months in incubation, the tiny turtles hatch and make their way hurriedly back to the ocean to begin their lives in the water. Although the number of nesting turtles used to be incredibly high in this part of the world, the modern turtles are helped along their way by dedicated volunteers. Comprised of animal scientists and a resident work force, the nests are marked and guarded until they hatch.