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Turtle time in Cabo

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It’s turtle time again in Cabo. And it’s a great time to be here and experience this wonderful natural spectacle.

Cabo, and all the beaches of Baja California Sur, are famous for being the hatching ground for 7 of the world’s 8 species of sea turtles.

Every year, between July and September, female adult turtles leave the sea in the dead of night. They crawl up on to the beaches and use their powerful fins to dig a nest in the sand. Where they deposit their eggs one by one and then cover them with sand before slipping back into the sea. 

After 45-60 days the hatching begins. And so does the danger. As the tiny baby turtles instinctively scurry toward the sea they are extremely vulnerable to all sorts of predators. And this is where ASUPMATOMA steps in to help these tiny creatures.

ASUPMATOMA is Cabo’s local turtle conservation charity. Set up in 1995, each season ASUPMATOMA runs two very successful turtle camps with nest protection and release programs. Volunteers are enlisted to help run the programs.

Everyone from locals to tourists to children are invited to lend a hand. Nest care and night patrols are just some of the activities you can do at the moment. And the turtle release programs begin in September when the first turtles begin to hatch.

Anyone interested in the experience of protecting the sea turtles should get in touch. You can send an email to, or check out the website.  Costs are 100 pesos for adults and 50 pesos for children. All funds raised go towards protection, research and environmental education.

Get involved. Watching these turtles dig their nocturnal nests, seeing the babies hatch and ensuring their safe release  back to the sea is something you will never forget.

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