Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — An adult sea turtle was killed yesterday on Isla Mujeres as she was preparing to lay eggs on a beach.
The tortoise was bludgeoned in broad daylight by unknown strangers who ran from the scene when others stumbled upon their crime.
Deline García Canto, director of the turtle protection program, confirmed the incident and said that the sea turtle was found deceased at around 7:00 a.m. Wednesday where, he said, she intended to lay eggs.
“The condition of the turtle at the time of finding was critical, which is why we could not release it but instead, decided to make its transfer to the facilities of Tortugranja. Unfortunately the turtle passed away on the way,” he explained.
The director said that the town has already begun with the corresponding investigations in order to find those responsible so they can proceed as appropriate.
“On Isla Mujeres we encourage the care and preservation of flora and fauna, so we reproach every act against them, and this action is a serious crime toward one of the protected species that year after year arrive to the island during the nesting season,” he added.
García Canto said the remains of the animal were buried inside the facilities of the Tortugranja and that notice was given to the Federal Attorney for Environmental Protection (Profepa). No arrests have been made.
According to the National Wildlife Federation, on average, female sea turtles reach sexual maturity between 10 and 25 years of age, and while males can reproduce every year, females reproduce every three to four years.