Cancun, Q.R. — As sea turtle season comes to an end for Cancun and Riviera Maya, reports show that more than one million were released this year along state shores.
Since the beginning of the program, however, more than 12 million sea turtle hatchlings have been released into the sea from the coasts of Quinana Roo, says local environmental organization.
Over the past 22 years, 12.3 million new sea turtles have been successfully released into Caribbean waters, says Guadalupe Quintana Pali of the Flora, Fauna and Culture Organization of Mexico. She says this has been made possible thanks to the work of volunteers in charge of camps that are located in the north and center of Quintana Roo.
This year, Quintana Pali says that 1.3 million sea turtle eggs were laid along the sandy shores of the state. Of those, she points out that 131,412 were loggerhead and 1.2 were white turtle species. She explained that their research shows for every 1,000 female turtles born, it is estimated that only one makes it back to the same shores to lay her own eggs.
It is for this reasons she says that it’s important to continue with the protection of the sea turtles since they remain an endangered species. The Flora, Fauna and Culture Organization of Mexico has 13 designated beach areas for the release of new hatchlings.
Sea turtle season for the Cancun, Riviera Maya region generally runs from May to September, however this year, the first sea turtle arrived in mid-April to lay her eggs.