The 13th An­nual Tu­lum Sea Tur­tle Fes­ti­val

Don’t miss out on this three-day event that show­cases ev­ery­one’s fa­vorite reptile!

The Playa Times Riviera Maya's English Newspaper - - Discover Mexico - BY MELISSA ROBLES

For the 13th year, the Fes­ti­val de la Tor­tuga Ma­rina (the Marine Tur­tle Fes­ti­val) will be held in Xca­cel, Aku­mal and Tu­lum. Ac­cord­ing to Itzel Tru­jano, en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tor for the Mex­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of Flora, Fauna, and Cul­ture, the fes­ti­val will be held from Oc­to­ber 15 to 17. Ac­tiv­i­ties are to in­clude the re­leas­ing of baby tur­tles, var­i­ous work­shops, a film fes­ti­val, and even a kite mak­ing con­test.

The fes­ti­val be­gins on Oc­to­ber 15 at the Xca­cel-Xcacelito Marine Tur­tle Sanc­tu­ary, with a sand sculp­ture con­test and recre­ational games. The next day in the Tu­lum Cul­tural Cen­ter, there will be an art event, games, a car­ni­val, and a va­ri­ety of booths. On Oc­to­ber 17 there will be a rally at Playa Pescadores in the Tu­lum Na­tional Marine Park. Also on Oc­to­ber 17, there will be a Maya clo­sure cer­e­mony in Aku­mal.

This is the 13th year for this event and is a free fam­ily event which be­gan for fam­i­lies of those who care for the tur­tles and is now open to the gen­eral public. The goal is to rec­og­nize the work of the peo­ple who have ded­i­cated them­selves to pre­serv­ing the en­dan­gered sea tur­tles in the Riviera Maya for the last 30 years.

An at­ten­dance of at least 1,500 is ex­pected for the fi­nale alone. The idea is to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tion and spark in­ter­est in pro­tect­ing the tur­tles and other nat­u­ral re­sources to both tourists and lo­cals. The event co­in­cides with the hatch­ing sea­son. The beaches of the Ho­tel Iberostar and Pal­la­dium have reg­is­tered the most hatch­lings in 2015, es­pe­cially dur­ing the full moon.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit

www.fes­ti­val­tor­tuga­mar­i­nat­u­lum.com

Want to Learn More?

Check out: The Voy­age of the Tur­tle

by Carl Sa­fina. The Sea Tur­tle Con­ser­vancy

at WWF at

See Tur­tles Or­ga­ni­za­tion at

www.con­serve­tur­tles.org.

www.worldwildlife.org.

www.see­tur­tles.org.

Flat­back sea tur­tle hatch­ling / Wiki­me­dia Com­mons

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