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Isla Mujeres sea turtle nest numbers already surpass last year’s

Isla Mujeres, Q.R. — The Department of Environment and Ecology of Isla Mujeres says they have recorded 1,019 sea turtle nests since the start of the season May 15.

“Thanks to the effort and work of the Municipal Government headed by Mayor Atenea Gómez Ricalde, the Sea Turtle season has been favorable, protecting 1,019 nests since May 15 when the season started, surpassing the total tally for last year’s season,” they reported.

The Director of Environment and Ecology of Isla Mujeres, Edwin Novelo Ríos, explained that of the 1,019 protected nests, 952 are White Turtle, 65 are Loggerhead and two are Hawksbill.

He added that last year, 764 nests were protected and 60,379 hatchlings were released.