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Cozumel breaks record for sea turtle nests

Cozumel, Q.R. – Cozumel has had a record-breaking year already with registered sea turtle nests.

To date, turtle camp staff at Punta Sur have registered a total of 830 nests that consists of loggerhead and green sea turtles.

Figures from Ángel Rafael Chacón Díaz, head of the Conservation and Environmental Education department of the Park and Museum Foundation of Cozumel, show that these new numbers are a record. Last year, he says the May to November turtle nesting season resulted in a total of 532 nests, which was a record.

This year, another record has been set with 830 sea turtle nests already being accounted for in the 2017 turtle season. He says that increased monitoring with an improved system that includes more people are likely factors for the the increase in numbers.

With the turtle nesting season only half-way through, Chacón Díaz says that they are expecting even more nests to appear and increase the 2017 sea turtle nesting figures.