Mating Sea Turtles of Isla Mujeres
ISLA MUJERES, MEXICO – Every year from May through August, scores of seas turtles return to the waters off of the southern point of Isla Mujeres, a small island off the northeastern coast of the Yucatán Peninsula, to mate…and the mating season has begun for 2012. My wife and I were fortunate enough to be diving off of Punta Sur and witnessed this stage of the life cycle that will culminate with only one out of 1000 sea turtles that hatch will survive to adulthood.
The male will mount the larger female holding on with his front flippers and wrapping is longer tail under the female to literally hold on while the female swims to the surface to breath.
As we witnessed on our dives, often more than one male will try to mate with the female and sometimes multiple males will be “stacked” on top of the female in attempting to mate. Females will often mate with more than one male prior to laying her eggs on the beach in which she was born.