Conservation and Environment in Mexico: Monthly Updates
Monthly Updates from 2014
With the year coming to a close we are reaching the exciting time when the Leatherback turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) are visiting our beach to lay their eggs for the season. We have safely protected three nests in our hatchery and are looking forwards to the first one due to hatch in the early part of January. We even had one lucky volunteer see one of these magnificent turtles laying her eggs!
This high season has turned 2014 into a record breaking year with regards to the amount of nests that the Olive Ridley sea turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) have laid. We are only half way through October and have already collected over 2,700 nests since June.
The high season for the Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) laying their nests is truly upon us. In the first six months of the year, we managed to gather 228 nests but now, only two months into the high season, we have gathered 1,117 nests and regularly gather 30 to 40 nests per night. Our highest recorded amount this year was a night only a week ago when we collected 90 nests from out patch of beach. This equates to 8,293 eggs protected in a single night.
With June the 15th being the official start of the high season for the Olive Ridley Turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) to lay their nests, we are working hard to prepare ourselves for the very busy period we are expecting soon. We finished off the low season on the very respectable number of 230 nests from the beginning of January until the 15th June.
With the low season for turtle nesting in full swing we have had a low but steady income of nests over the past two months, bringing the total number of nests found since the New Year up to 190. Including 4 Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) nests and in our most recent nest we have placed a temperature probe so we can really try to get to grips with what is going on in the nesting intricacies of this majestic species.
Our first leatherback nest was rescued in November and so January saw the end of the 60 day incubation period and the giant hatchlings arrive (in comparison to the Olive Ridley and Black turtles!). An exciting time for us all and they even managed to arrive on the morning of the 60 days so we were able to get some photos in the light to share with you all.