Mozambique’s unexplored and unspoilt beaches provide the perfect environment for protected sea turtles to lay their eggs. Guests have the chance of witnessing nesting sites for Green, Hawksbill, Leatherback, Loggerhead and Olive Ridley Turtles from November to February each year.
When nesting, the female sea turtles emerge from the waves and crawl up the beach to dig holes, laying around 300 eggs each in an almost trancelike state. When the laying is finished, they cover the eggs with sand and make their way back to the sea. Between 55 – 65 days later, the hatchlings will cut their way out of the eggs and make their way to the sea. This usually takes place from January through until April. Sightings are most common at high tide, particularly at dawn or dusk, or during the night.
Please note that hatching may vary due to climate change and it is advised that you always enquire about the probability of seeing these creatures when booking your Mozambique holiday so that you don’t arrive out of season, or in a bad season.
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