Endangered Sea Turtle Program
There is no more heart-stirring, popular family activity at Diamante than its Endangered Sea Turtle Protection and Release Program. Diamante supports and promotes these ecological efforts as a good steward of the environment and also as a means of educating our members and guests on the importance of conservation.
Sea Turtles have become endangered because of encroachment on their nesting environments, illegal poaching and fishing mishaps. From mid-summer through mid-December, adult turtles including Leatherneck, Black, Loggerhead and Olive Ridley nest on the warm coastal sands that define the Baja Peninsula and they lay their eggs down in the sand. Baby turtles, called hatchlings, then scurry toward the sea. They don’t always arrive at their destination, due to a variety of predators and other distractions.
That’s where we come in. Diamante expends serious—and worthwhile—effort by staffing a full-time team that gathers the endangered sea turtle eggs from our beach and monitors them, keeping them safe until they hatch. We then organize turtle releases where members can participate as observers. We release thousands of baby turtles every year, directing the hatchlings where they need to go to have the best chance of survival. It is wonderful to watch.