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#1 Coz2wonder

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Posted 11 June 2015 - 02:09 PM

It appears this may be a banner year for sea turtle nests.

 

A nest was discovered at the Melia Hotel!

 

For the turtle watch, and rescue program contact the Ecology Department on FB, to keep current on the activity.  .https://www.facebook...428&pnref=story

 

The Eco Dept is the ONLY Official Source in regards to the turtle programs on the island.

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#2 mstevens

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 09:24 AM

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: this is SO worth doing. We've done several of their programs, always enjoyed it, and will certainly do them again. Everyone we've taken with us still talks about it long afterward.

 

This is part of what makes Cozumel what it is. I'm so glad that such a large majority of islanders view the turtles as a valuable resource to be protected and celebrated rather than exploited (as food or boots).


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Posted 12 June 2015 - 11:20 AM

Very happy to hear this.

 

The ones in Akumal are getting skin diseases because of all the people (arseholes) touching them from the out of control snorkel tours.  It is sickening.


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Posted 13 June 2015 - 11:16 AM

We are one with the turtle(s).

 

We love, and protect them our.  Our little Ninja Turtles!

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Posted 13 June 2015 - 08:24 PM

We are so proud of Coz taking great care of the turtles!  We are disappointed, however, with the increasing cost of the volunteer participation program.  When we started doing this, it was $50 which we thought was a bit pricey but for a worthy cause.  Now we read that the fee is $70.  We have contributed lights, etc., and would like to continue to take our friends and family to see this wondrous event which we never tire of.  Thel last time we helped for several hours marking turtle nests and we were thrilled to do so.  However, we think that, all things considered, $70 is simply too much to charge for this program and will probably and, unfortunately, not do so again.


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Posted 13 June 2015 - 09:55 PM

$70 is simply too much to charge for this program and will probably and, unfortunately, not do so again.

 

The Ecology Department's program is not $70. That's probably what some website is charging to sign you up.

 

From the official post to the Department's turtle program Facebook page, here's what they actually say and actually charge:

 

The same applies this year as in last years program with the Ecology Dept. (This is different than "tours" that are being offered by .com's or tourist tour sites - please be aware) -


These are 'donations' to the Cozumel Turtles directed to only the Ecology Dept.


same price for kids or adults... its a great experience for everyone.


There will be bracelets given for the following by Ecology Dept staff and their volunteers for the following:


$40 - for assisting with the nesting as the turtles are laying eggs between May and July - You Must Make Contact with us via this site to schedule - Meeting point will be as Mezcalitos at the most Eastern point of the road - at approximately 10.30 pm (which is why an appt is necessary)for approximately - you MUST have your own transportation too and from - Sunday and Monday are best days at this time - to assure this experience.... approximately 1 to 2 hours - with Ecology Dept. staff and volunteers for the Ecology Dept.


$25 - for the Search and Rescue experience (which won't happen until near July until mid November) - as the turtles will be hatching - you can help with the digging into the nest to rescue only the baby turtles that may not have made it out of the nest unless you did assist. - again you must have your own transportation and the location is not ever specific - We will announce more soon as the TURTLE TRAILER will open at that time to communicate specific information and give educational orientation.


$15 - to attend the release at the beach where a 'natural' nest will be releasing around sunset nearly every night (Again, this won't happen until near July till mid November) - this is a guided experience with volunteers of the ecology dept. - others who do not purchase the bracelets will be asked to watch only from the road side. Additional contributions will be asked at your desire to the volunteers of the Ecology Dept. only -


T Shirts and other accessories will be offered and announced soon

 

So, $40 tops, or $25 for the release program which is what most people do because the season for it runs much longer.

 

I'd pay $70, though. The money goes to an underfunded and very important program.


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Posted 23 June 2015 - 02:19 PM

Mark is right...we have tried to warn people about the "Fan page" but unless you go directly to the ECO dept page and PM somebody there, you're going to be putting money into somebody else's pocket.

 

 

 

This is the page you want 

https://www.facebook...100007285276428


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