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Profepa officers recover over 10,000 sea turtle eggs in Oaxaca

San Pedro Huamelula, Oaxaca — Environmental officers in Oaxaca report that they have recovered over 10,000 turtle eggs that were illegally abandoned on a beach in San Pedro Huamelula.

La Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente (Profepa) says that with help from the Secretariat of Navy of Mexico, 10,200 ridley turtle eggs were recovered on a beach in Morro Ayuta in the municipality of San Pedro Huamelula.

In a statement, the environmental agency says that at the time of the recovery, no other people were seen leading them to assume those responsible for illegally stashing the eggs knew they were under surveillance.

Photo: La Procuraduría Federal de Protección al Ambiente

The recovery operation was part of the protection and monitoring of the beaches in San Pedro Huamelula. Federal inspectors say they initially located six white nylon bags and six black nets containing a total of 8,000 Golfina sea turtle eggs.

Before leaving the site, inspectors located another three nylon bags containing an additional 2,200 turtle eggs. Unfortunately, due to the amount of time the eggs were outside the nest, federal officers determined that all were deceased.

The eggs were given a final resting place in the area.