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Isla Mujeres counts 763 sea turtle eggs already this year

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — More sea turtle eggs have been discovered laid early this year, this time on Isla Mujeres.

Tortugranja of Isla Mujeres says that they have already registered six nests this year, two of which are Loggerhead and four belonging to Hawksbill. From the six nests, the agency says they have counted 763 eggs.

With the finding of the nests, the government of Isla Mujeres formally begins its sea turtle season. Deline García Canto, director of the Tortugranja says “although the season formally begins on May 15, we started the surveillance tours on the different beaches April 15, and will finish 15 days after the end of the season in order to have accurate registration and care of all the turtles that arrive on our coasts.”

The official explained that so far on the island there have been two Loggerhead turtle nests with 106 and 120 eggs respectively, while three Hawksbill nests have been registered which reported 140, 142 and 79 eggs.

On mainland Isla Mujeres, only one Hawksbill nest has been recorded so far. That nest, she reported, has 176 eggs, bringing the total of 763 eggs between the two species.