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Human threats force association to keep Mahahual sea turtle nest locations undisclosed

Mahahual, Q.R. — With the arrival of sea turtles and the discovery of several nests, their locations are being kept secret says Proyecto Aak Mahahual. The association says that the sea turtle season has begun several weeks earlier than anticipated, and with that, the locations of the nests already found will remain undisclosed due to human threats.

Last year, one sea turtle was found killed and a nest looted of all its eggs. For this reason, Proyecto Aak Mahahual says they will not reveal the locations of this season’s nesting areas. They do say, however, that permanent surveillance tours have begun to protect the eggs already laid.

The association also added that a second beach cleaning has already been done where volunteers removed tons of garbage from along shores, making them accessible for sea turtles to arrive and lay their eggs.