Turtle Tales

North of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, this sea turtle camp helps save the endangered species.

All Boxed Up

Robbie Caponetto

All Boxed Up

Newly hatched olive ridley sea turtles at Platanitos Sea Turtle Camp await transport to the sea.

Team Effort

Robbie Caponetto

Team Effort

Volunteers assist in gathering hatchling sea turtles from their golf ball-size eggs. A group of Mexican biologists, an American developer, local schoolkids, and stateside volunteers have spearheaded the effort to protect the turtles.

Ready, Set, Release

Robbie Caponetto

Ready, Set, Release

High school volunteers from a nearby village help release the turtles. Every night during late summer and early fall, volunteers let go hundreds of baby sea turtles.

Race to the Sea

Robbie Caponetto

Race to the Sea

A volunteer lines up turtles on the sand for their crawl to the Pacific Ocean.

Mini Turtle

Robbie Caponetto

Mini Turtle

Smaller than the palm of a hand, baby olive ridley sea turtles will grow to 2 to 2½ feet in length and 80 to 110 pounds in weight.

The Time is Right

Robbie Caponetto

The Time is Right

As the sun drops into the Pacific, volunteers and Plantanitos Sea Turtle Camp workers release the turtles. The hatchlings are released at dusk, when predators are less likely to spot them on their journey out to sea.

Water Bound

Robbie Caponetto

Water Bound

Baby olive ridley sea turtles scramble into the surf's edge to begin their oceanic lives.

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