Last January 3, 2017, Olive Ridley Sea Turtle eggs were found under the lifeguard post of Camayan Beach Resort. Projected to have been laid at midnight, 115 eggs were carefully transferred to a safer part of the beach where Ocean Adventure aquarists can easily monitor the nest. It is now protected using a circular tensar enclosure and kept safe from beachgoers and natural predators until the hatchlings emerge from the nest and are released out to sea.
This discovery was made just a day after the second batch of sea turtle hatchlings were released along the shore of Camayan Beach Resort. The thirteen hatchlings released on January 2, 2017 follows the successful hatching and release of close to a hundred individual Olive Ridleys just last December 27, 2016.
Camayan Beach Resort is a known nesting ground for Olive Ridley Sea Turtles. Efforts to protect and maintain its clean waters and shoreline are of top priority to ensure that Olive Ridleys keep coming back to lay their eggs on the beach. Yearly, adult female sea turtles begin coming back to shore in September to lay their eggs. Hatchlings normally start to emerge from their nests two months after being laid, or between November to March of the following year. During this period, the resort’s resident lifeguards and Ocean Adventure aquarists keep an even closer eye on the beach to ensure that all nests are protected and hatchlings safely make it out to sea upon release. On these times, lucky guests and staff are treated to rare, awe-inspiring moments when nature takes a bow and gives us humans unforgettable memories that last a lifetime.