Monday, December 26, 2011


 Los alebrijes son figuras de madera muy tradicionales de la artesanía Oaxaqueña, que representan animales o seres de fantasía pintados a mano con colores brillantes. Aunque el concepto del alebrije no nació en Oaxaca, este estado los ha adoptado y desarrollado de forma fantástica. Los alebrijes representan el espíritu innovador e irreal del alma Oaxaqueña mediante la formación de figuras obtenidas a partir de ramas de madera verde, después de un tallado y pintado manual.

Pueden ver un video del proceso en:

"Alebrijes" are wood figures, very traditional from oaxacan handscraft, which represent animals or fantastic creatures handpainted in bright colors. Although the alebrije concept was not born in Oaxaca, this state adopted and developed them in a fantastic way. Alebrijes represent the innovative and surreal soul of Oaxacan people, who form these figures out of green wood, carving it with rustic machetes and knives, and then painting them by hand.

You can see a video of the process at:

Friday, November 25, 2011

Brisbane 2009 - Sea Turtle Rodeo at Moreton Bay

Courageous participants of the 29th International Sea Turtle Symposium in Brisbane were invited by Dr. Colin Limpus to join him in his research activities at Moreton Bay... They seemed to have a lot of fun, as well!


Valientes participantes del 29 Simposio Internacional de Tortugas Marinas en Brisbane fueron invitados por el Dr. Colin Limpus a acompañarlo en sus actividades de investigación en Moreton Bay... Se la pasaron muy bien!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Brisbane 2009 - Dr. Peter Dutton talks about leatherbacks

Thanks to the SWOT team for sharing this interview with Peter Dutton, who talks about the leatherback turtle and what made him care for this magnificient creatures... enjoy!


Sunday, November 20, 2011


The Auction is one of the most expected moments in every year's Symposium. It is an important activity because it raises money for the Student Travel Grant Fund, which has allowed many colleagues from around the world to travel to the symposium to share their knowledge and experience about sea turtles. Both Live and Silent, the Auction draws in a lot of people looking for finding that nice or crazy turtle item to bring home, contribute to the Society and of course have a lot of fun.

We'd like to remind everybody to start collecting their sea turtle auction items to bring to Huatulco, whether they are handscrafts, t-shirts, sea turtle memorabilia, alcohol or a special talent, everything is welcome and everything could reach a nice price during bidding!

For this year, we would like to have less plastic and more organics... more handscrafts and less industrial (and of course, more alcohol!)... But just about any fun sea turtle stuff will do... Huatulco will be the perfect background for a fantastic Auction!


Todos los años, la Subasta es uno de los eventos más esperados dentro del Simposio Internacional. En sus modalidades Viva y Silenciosa, es una actividad muy importante ya que se recaudan fondos para las Becas de Viaje que se otorgan todos los años, gracias a las cuales muchos colegas de todo el mundo tienen oportunidad de asistir al evento.

Les pedimos a todos que no olviden traer artículos de sus países de origen, relacionados en alguna manera con las tortugas marinas, los cuales se donan para ser subastados. Puede ser casi cualquier cosa, como artesanías, textiles, cuadros, bebidas típicas, juguetes, fotografias, talentos... es sorprendente las cosas que alcanzan altos precios en la subasta!

Este año nos gustaría tener menos plástico y más orgánico... más artesanías locales y menos cosas industriales... Huatulco será el marco perfecto para una Subasta muy especial!

Y no se olviden de traer bebidas típicas... una Subasta no es una Subasta sin el Gran Intercambio Internacional de Alcohol! :)

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Invitación Noche de Videos

Estimad@s amigos tortugueros:
La noche de videos ha cobrado relevancia con cada año y creemos que es uno de los eventos más importantes durante el simposio, permitiendo a todos los participantes conocer y aprender de otras experiencias mediante las artes visuales. Por esta razón, nos complace invitarlos a contar su historia en formato de video, y compartirla con la comunidad tortuguera. Los interesados deben enviar la siguiente información a la coordinadora de la noche de videos, Gaby Montiel (
- Titulo del video
- Institución o grupo de trabajo, y localidad
- Breve reseña sobre el tema abordado u objetivos del video (máximo 250 palabras)
- Tipo de formato y duración

Por favor, tenga en cuenta que el tiempo de presentación para cada video será entre 1o y 15 minutos dependiendo de la cantidad de videos que se reciban. No será posible reproducir la totalidad de aquellos videos que duren más del tiempo establecido. Considerando esto, si usted
tiene intención de presentar un video que dura más de 15 minutos, por favor prepare una versión más corta con los mensajes más importantes que desee transmitir, de lo contrario la proyección en el simposio se detendrá en el momento establecido. Esta restricción se hace para garantizar una distribución homogénea de las presentaciones y dar igual oportunidad a todos los presentadores.

IMPORTANTE: Los videos no deben haber sido mostrados en simposios anteriores. La fecha límite para enviar la información sobre los videos es el próximo 16 de Diciembre 2011.

Esperamos su participación y nos vemos en Huatulco!

Call for Video Night

Dear All:

Video night has become one of the most relevant and important events each year. We believe it allows all participants to know, as well as to learn from other experiences through the audiovisual arts. For this reason, we are pleased to invite you to tell your story in a video format, and share it with the turtlers community. Interested ones should send the following information to Video Night Chair, Gaby Montiel (

- Title of the video

- Institution or workgroup, and location

- Short summary about the theme and objectives of the video (max. 250 words)

- Format type and length
Please, take into account that the presentation time for each video will be between 10 and 15 minutes depending on the number of videos we received. We won't be able to show the totality of those videos longer than this established time. Considering this, if you intend to submit a video that is longer than 15 minutes, please prepare a shorter version of it containing the most important messages you want to transmit; otherwise the projection in the symposium will be stopped at the appropriate time. This restriction is made to have a smooth distribution of the presentations in the Video Night and give equal opportunity to all presenters. 
IMPORTANT: The videos should not have been showed in previous Symposiums. The video submission dead line is December 16th, 2011

We look forward for your participation!
See you in Huatulco!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga

El Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga, actualmente en remodelación, ha sido un polo de desarrollo importante para la comunidad de Mazunte, Oaxaca. Les comparto un video (un poco viejo) que encontré en YouTube:

Centro Mexicano de la Tortuga, currently being remodeled, has been an important trigger for the development of the community of Mazunte, Oaxaca. I'm sharing a video (a bit old) that I found on Youtube (link above)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Media and Press

Here we will let you know about press conferences held before, during and after the Symposium.

Information and news

If you want to post a message about looking for a roommate, telling a joke, looking for collaborators on projects or anything symposium related, you can do it either going into this site or sending an e-mail to it.  or click on the side bar where you read Announcements. Happy posting!! 

Sea turtles of the world

ok, I need some help from you guys, I need volunteers to write about our passion...sea turtles of the world, please contact me in order to give you access to writing or please send me an e-mail with your collaboration.

Tortugas marinas

México tine una gran variedad de tortugas, 6 de las 7 especies que existen en el mundo se encuentran aquí. La especie mas abundante es la tortuga Golfina que se le encuentra a lo largo del pacífico.

Event hotel view

This is the Hotel you'll be staying at and we'll like you to see a gallery of it.
The name is Las Brisas Huatulco resort , here's the map:

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Welcome sea turtle enthusiasts!

Welcome everybody to this adventure! This blog is part of the innovations we are trying to offer as part of the "Time of Innovation" theme of the 32 Annual Sea Turtle Symposium. Let this be a new space for sharing experiences and images, as well as a dynamic site for announcements and flow of information regarding the upcoming event in Huatulco next March.
Stay tuned for more exciting contents to come and please consider becoming a regular contributor to this blog... the world of sea turtle conservation is vast, interesting and exciting, and you'll be surprised to know how many people out there share your passion!

Regards to all and remember: Nos vemos en Huatulco! :)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Hello World!!

I know you know how the sea turtles are born, so is this blog about the symposium to take place in México, and it is not only for this reason we exist, we do exist because along with symposium information we'd love to share information we gather on the web as well as some social media resources for your information. Hope you contribute and comment on the information we offer here and come back to visit us often.
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