Did you know there are 5 species of sea turtle in Mexico? One common sea turtle is the Olive Ridley Sea Turtle, or in Mexico called the Golfina. The Olive Ridley Sea Turtle can lay eggs three times a year and up to 100 eggs each time. They go to the beaches in Mexico and bury their eggs in the sand. When the baby turtles hatch they have to crawl out of the sand and make their way to the water before a predator tries to eat them. One in 100 baby turtles make it to the water alive. One in a 1000 turtles will make it back to lay eggs. They usually try to come back to the beach they hatched at. The Olive Ridley Sea Turtle is threatened, but most sea turtles are endangered. They are threatened because of people on the beach, other predators, getting caught in fishing nets and light confusing them on the shore.
At the Grand Mayan we were able to release some of the baby turtles. The rangers collect the eggs at night from the turtles that come to shore. They protect the eggs in cages until the baby turtles are hatched. They released about 30 sea turtles when we were there. They were all Olive Ridley's. It was really cool releasing sea turtles.
The following pages chronicle the journey of the sailing vessel Pelagic and her crew. We are a family of 5; Michael, Amy, Zander, Porter and Anakena, taking our 42' Hallberg Rassy as far as we can comfortably go in three years. We left Oregon in September 2014, participated in the 2014 Baja Haha, continued on through the Panama Canal, into the Caribbean, up the coast of the US to Maritime Canada and from there crossed the Atlantic. After an arrival in Ireland we toured Scotland, then sailed down to France, Portugal and on to Morocco. In January of 2016 we slowed down considerably and enrolled the kids in a local Spanish school in Sanlucar de Guadiana for a few months. In the spring of 2016 we crossed the Atlantic towards the Caribbean. We are now in the Pacific, officially on our way home, albeit via a very circuitous path. We are currently in French Polynesia and looking at weather windows to Hawaii before finally making landfall back in the Pacific Northwest.
Currently our exact location is not available. Our spot coverage will pick us back up in Hawaii towards the end of May, 2017.
Our favorite sailing quote:
"If anythings gonna happen, it's gonna happen out there boss!" Captain Ron