Sea turtle species in Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Sea Turtle Species

Several sea turtle species are very common on our whale watching tours in Huatulco. Oaxaca’s beaches are very important nesting sites for these species of sea turtles. All of these populations are considered at risk of extinction. That’s why we are very grateful to be able to see so many sea turtles on our ocean adventures.

The Olive Ridley sea turtle is the most common species in Huatulco and Oaxaca.

Olive Ridley Sea Turtle

Olive ridley turtles are the most common sea turtles seen in Huatulco.

Lepidochelys olivacea

The Olive Ridley turtle is the most common species we see on our oceanic eco adventures. They are the second smallest species of sea turtle. Its adult length is 0.7 meters and its weight is 45 kilograms. They nest twice a year and live at least 50 years.

The Pacific Green sea turtle is the second most common species in Huatulco and Oaxaca.

Pacific Green Sea Turtle

The Pacific Green sea turtle is the second most common species that we see in Huatulco, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Chelonia agassizii

The Pacific Green sea turtle is the second most common species we see on our pelagic tours. They are one of the largest species of sea turtles. Its adult length is 1.2 meters and its weight is 110 kilograms. They nest every 2-5 years and live at least 70 years.

The Hawksbill sea turtle is common on the reefs of the marine park.

Hawksbill Sea Turtle

The Hawksbill sea turtle is the most common species that we see when snorkeling in the bays and reefs of the Huatulco National Park.

Eretmochelys imbricata

The Hawksbill turtle is the most common species we see when we visit the bays of the national park. They are a small species of sea turtle. Its adult length is 0.4 meters and its weight is 45 kilograms. They nest every 1-5 years, lay eggs up to 5 times per season, and live at least 60 years.

The Leatherback sea turtle is rarely seen on our tours.
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Leatherback turtles are the least common species of sea turtle that we see in Huatulco.

Dermochelys coriacea

The leatherback turtle is the rarest species we see on our boat tours in Huartulco. They are the largest species of sea turtles. Its adult length is 2.7 meters and its weight is 500 kilograms. Their diet is based mainly on jellyfish and they are considered at risk of extinction.