Sea turtles live to be 100 years old and can lay 20,000 eggs in her lifetime, with the hope that 2 will survive to reach adulthood. Beginning in June and continuing through sometimes January the turtles start to breed off shore by their nesting beaches, so if you're boating slow down and watch out, they breed on the water surface. The mothers will then come to shore usually at 3 in the morning to lay their eggs, which on average is a hundred. She lays eggs three times a season, but only every other year. If you see a turtle don't shine lights at her or scare her or she will leave before nesting, and they don't enjoy being on land, they are sea creatures, making them vulnerable while nesting.
There's a volunteer community sea turtle program just north of the river in Sayulita. They help replant fresh laid turtle nests. When they've found a nest which may hatch, they put a ring around the nest area to contain hatchlings and put them in a shady box until sunset when they will be released by volunteers and spectators.
If you want to take part we recommend you meet with the registered local volunteers at midnight in front of hatchery to patrol the beaches and relocate nests with guidance from those who are already trained in correct procedures. Most hatching releases take place during end of October and November but continue through January.
You are welcome to stay with Casitas Tortugas and study the turtles we have in our own fresh water pond. Our turtles have been donated by villagers over time when they couldn't take care of their pets anymore. With a 5 minutes walk to the main beach it's easy to reach the volunteer program if you wish to participate.
It's a perfect educational family activity and will be a memory for life!
Read more: http://www.sayulita.com/turtle-release.html