Whilst tootling around the west side of Isla Mujeres on our hired golf cart, we noticed some signposts bearing illustrations of turtles, leading to a small island-size sea life centre tucked away from the main drag. A cheap 30 pesos (£1.50) allowed us to feed the turtles, learn the names of different varieties, and hold a range of sea creatures in the indoor aquarium section.
Although there was limited information about the work they do here, with further research we found that the eggs are collected and turtles raised in the farm until they are bigger, then release them into the ocean to give them a better chance at survival.
We got very up close and personal with the turtles and crabs (perhaps a little too close!), going from tank to tank to view the sea horses, fish and urchins!
Charlotte & Sarah x