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April 17, 2012

Sea Turtle Conservancy Event at Riviera Maya

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Riviera Maya, Mexico – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine

Grand Vidana, Mexico’s leading developer of luxury resorts, golf courses and real estate, announces its Sea Turtle Conservancy Event at Riviera Maya to celebrate the special time of the year when the sea turtles of the Riviera Maya come to the shores to bury their eggs in the sand. The event, designed to aid in the conservation of endangered sea turtles species and organized by the Sea Turtle Conservancy, will run from June 21st – 24th at Riviera Maya, Mexico.

Marine biologists from the Sea Turtle Conservancy will attach tracking devices to mature turtles as they come to shore to lay their eggs, with the goal of tracking the turtlesí movements. The guests from all of Grupo Vidantaís Riviera Maya hotels – which include Grand Luxxe, the Grand Mayan, Mayan Palace and The Bliss – are invited to be spectators to this event.

Once the tracking devices are attached, the turtles become participants in the Tour de Turtles. Started in 2008, the Tour and educational event follows the migration of 15 different species of sea turtles over the course of approximately three months. The ìwinningî turtle is the one that travels the most miles during the three-month period.

Scientists know that turtles are highly migratory, but until recently research has only tracked their behaviors on nesting beaches. Since over 90 percent of their life is spent in the water, itís important to conduct this research to understand their migratory habits, their behavior at sea, where their marine habitats are located, how they use these different habitats, and the migration routes traveled between habitats.

Follow the progress of the turtles on www.tourdeturtles.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/conserveturtles.

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