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Turtles The beaches from Tulum south and along the stretch from Campeche to Carmen are the breeding grounds for sea turtles, who come ashore to lay their eggs in the sand. The loggerhead is the most common turtle, along with the green, the hawksbill and sometimes the leatherback varieties. Loggerheads, with their massive bird-jawed skulls, have short fins and grow to about four feet in length. Green turtles lay their eggs every two to three years, storming the beach in large groups. The black, narrow-finned Introduction jor contributor to bleaching.
Caracol, as conch is known in Spanish, also provides a delicious meat that Maya people have eaten for hundreds of years. The meat is extracted by drilling a small hole in the shell top and forcing the muscle out. It’s commonly served in ceviche, a dish that uses lime juice to “cook” the meat. Vendors line the dock area on Cozumel selling conch shells. They’re a popular souvenir. Other shells with great names include whelk, alphabet cone, banded and true tulips, egg cockle, calico scallop, angel wing, sunrise tellin, sunray venus, zebra ark and pearl oyster.
The Pelican by Dixon Lanier Merritt, 1879-1954 U ntil recently, the isolation of the Yucatán has meant that birds and animals continued to thrive here when development pressures pushed them out elsewhere. A huge number of animals use the region as the tourists do, visiting when it gets too cold up north. The peninsula is a prime spot for winter migrating birds and butterflies. According to Pronatura Peninsula de Yucatán environmentalists, almost a third of the bird species in the ancient land of the Maya are migratory, including most of the neo-tropical species whose sudden declines have caused worldwide alarm.