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First sea turtle of the season recorded on Isla Cozumel

Cozumel, Q.R. — The first sea turtle of the season has already been recorded on the island of Cozumel nearly three weeks earlier than usual.

The female sea turtle was captured digging in the sand in the Punta Sur area of the island. The turtle was captured on video by la Fundación de Parques y Museos de Cozumel (the Cozumel Parks and Museums Foundation).

Island biologist Rafael Chacón Díaz says that the turtles are already in search of sand for their nests. As the days go by, he says the frequency of the arrival of the turtles is expected to increase since sea turtle nesting season typically starts in the middle of May.

Chacón Díaz, who is a director at la Fundación de Parques y Museos de Cozumel, says that the sea turtle protection program for Cozumel was started more than 30 years ago, adding that they have had good results with species conservation, something they note with the increased number of turtles arriving on the island each year to lay eggs.