Tulum, Q.R. – More than 265,000 new turtles were released into the sea during the 2015 turtle season in Tulum.
Thanks to protection and preservation programs, Sanctuary of the Sea Turtle Xcacel-Xcacelito recorded a new record of 265,305 turtle hatchlings being released into the sea. The endangered turtle species include green and loggerhead.
Head of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (SEMA), Rafael Muñoz Berzunza, noted that, “According to historical nesting records this is the highest record in the 26 years of protecting sea turtles on the beaches of X’cacel-X’cacelito and exceeds even the statistics obtained in 2013.”
The Civil Association Flora and Fauna Culture Mexico and the State Committee for the Protection of Sea Turtles of Quintana Roo were part of the collective effort in helping to protect the turtle nests along the coastline.
According to Discovery News, after emerging from their nests, hatchlings immediately make their way to sea, starting a journey that may take them right back to where they hatched, where they will then lay their own eggs. They also say that sea turtle hatchlings have a 1 percent survival rate and that a sea turtle reaches sexual maturity between the age of 20 and 50 years, but can live up to 200 years.
Bryan Wallace, director of science for the Marine Flagship Species Program at Conservation International, says, “The increasing nest numbers show that when turtles are protected on their nesting beaches and in the water for long enough, they will recover.”