Seven Quick, Fun Facts about Sea Turtles in the Mayan Riviera

  1. They live an estimated 70-80 years!

  2. Mother sea turtles lay their eggs on land, returning to the same location that they were hatched. They'll even return over huge ocean crossings to lay their eggs.

  3. There are seven species of sea turtles (not all native to the Mayan Riviera): Leatherback, Green Turtle, Hawksbill, Loggerhead, Olive Ridley, Kemp’s Ridley and Flatback. Learn more about them here.
  4. Male sea turtles spend their entire lives at sea, while females return to their birthplace on land to lay their own eggs.
  5. A sea turtle's gender can be determined by the temperature of the nest in which they are laid. Warmer temperatures tend to hatch female sea turtles while colder climates produce more males.
  6. The first marine turtle is thought to have lived 220 million years ago!
  7. The largest sea turtle on record (a leatherback) was found on the coast of Wales in 1988. This leatherback weighed over 2,000lbs and measured 9 feet in length and was estimated to be approximately 100 years old. 

Sea turtles are incredible creatures and swimming alongside them can be experienced on our snorkeling tours. While you can get close to them while snorkeling, we do ask that you please do not touch them and simply enjoy the view and experience!