Sea Turtle Conservation
We protect sea turtles.
“If you are a sea turtle the odds are against you!” I read somewhere. This could not be truer. Only 1 in 1000 sea turtle eggs become adults old enough to reproduce. Only 1 of every 10 eggs hatch in nature. This is because crabs, dogs, racoons and coatis eat the eggs in the nest and after hatching, birds eat them on their first trip to the ocean. That is if humans don’t steal the whole nest before. In some places 90% of the nests are lost as a result of human poaching.
The few hatchlings that make it to the ocean are eaten by fish and other predators. Those that survive can then face numerous human threats like fishing nets and plastic pollution that prevent them from getting to a reproductive age.
Our sea turtle conservation project (and others all over the country and the world) remove many of these threats by relocating the eggs to a nursery, where they are protected 24/7 and then released to the ocean as soon as they are born. (Don’t miss our video. It’s amazing to see them rushing to the water).
By removing all the threats until the hatchlings make it to the sea, we are giving them a better chance to make it to adulthood and reproduce, which is key to the survival of the species. By doing this, experts think that their odds improve from 1 in a 1000 to 1 in a 100. So that is what we are doing here! We are trying to make give sea turtles a better odd of survival.
Since 2006, we have been working with biologists, local and international volunteers to protect and relocate sea turtle nests in four beach sites: Progreso, Rincon, Rio Oro and Playa Hermosa – Punta Mala Wildlife Refuge.
By 2020, we had protected 10,672 nests.
We had released 113,626 hatchlings to the sea.
And around 641,000.00 hatchlings potentially hatched unharmed thanks to our efforts.