Mazatlan has two facilities well north of the city where they take turtle eggs to hatch. Then about six weeks later lucky tourists have the magical experience of seeing tiny baby turtles released for their frantic rush to the sea. However very few of our NOB friends have been witness to the now huge mother appearing on shore and using her flipper to dig a hole and lay eggs.
Almost everyone has seen or heard the story of how female Salmon return from the ocean and struggle with their last breathes to lay eggs in the stream where they were born. However not everyone is aware Sea Turtles also return to their birthplace to lay eggs. Last night not one...but three female turtles returned to their birthplace along the Malacon to renew the cycle of life.
The first link below is to the local media coverage for you. You'll have to have it translated, and as usual the literal computer translation will be disjointed and confusing. Below that are two English links with a couple different theories as to why and how Sea Turtles will swim for up to thousands of miles to lay their eggs on the beach where they first entered the ocean.
I think you'll find all the articles interesting:
Speaking of which if you ever do happen upon a mother coming onshore please, please do not interfere. It's a known fact that too much light or too many people can make a mother retreat to the seat and not lay her eggs. The turtles that came ashore last night were from an endangered species.
In addition if she's already laying do not....NOT follow the very poor example you'll see in the Maz photos, where they're digging out the eggs right from under the poor thing. Show some respect and let her finish to return to the sea. At that point there's plenty of time for the eggs to be carefully dug out and taken to the hatchery.
Yes some people claim it's just instinct on the mother's part, and she's not bothered. I'm sure these are also the same people who swear animals don't really have feelings as humans do. Yet anyone who has ever taken care of any animal for more than five minutes knows that's a pretty ignorant position.