I know, I know, it’s another Sayulita beach photo… but this one’s a bit different.
Every day this week a local turtle conservation organisation has been releasing endangered baby turtles into the ocean at sunset. It’s all very low key, with a few tourists and locals watching as a small section of beach is cleared and the little creatures set off in a frantic flapping dash towards the breaking waves.
Under natural conditions only one in a thousand babies even make it to the water, so the volunteers do everything they can to improve their chances. Collecting the hatchlings and waiting until sunset means that the ever-present sea birds won’t get a free snack, while a beach free of obstructions and roaming dogs has to help as well.
Despite the low odds, it’s hard not to root for the cute little things as they stumble down the beach. I may even have cheered when this one finally got covered in surf, sucked into the waves as the last rays of light disappeared over the horizon.
I hope she made it.