Cozumel, Q.R. — Cozumel biologist says that as the sea turtle season comes to an end, they have counted 780 nests, a decrease from last year, but not a worrisome figure.
Biologist Rafael Chacón Díaz, director of the Center for Conservation and Environmental Education of the Cozumel Parks and Museums Foundation, says that although nest numbers are down, it was still a successful season.
“We closed this season well,” he says adding that “There are many nests in Punta Sur. The numbers add to the grand total. It also attracts people of Cozumel to volunteer and in this season, we carried out a new method where turtle volunteers also carried a bag to beach clean at the same time,” he explained.
During the almost six months of work, a significant amount of waste in the way of bottles and plastic was collected saying that aside from beach garbage, there are many dangers the turtles face such as raccoons, birds, fish and marine fauna.
“We have not run into a 10-year-low on figures which means we’re doing well,” he said, noting that last year there were more eggs and that each season has variations due to environmental factors such as weather, waves and humidity. Chacón Díaz says that on average, there are 100 eggs per nest.