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Tulum reports the first hatching of leatherbacks in three decades

Tulum, Q.R. — The Department of Natural Resources of Tulum reports the hatching of 57 leatherback sea turtles eggs. The leatherbacks are from a nest discovered on a Tulum beach in June.

In June, the Institute of Biodiversity and Protected Natural Areas of the State of Quintana Roo (Ibanqroo) reported the discovery of the municipality’s first leatherback nest in 36 years. The nest was located  in the Xcacel-Xcacelito sea turtle sanctuary.

Since that discovery, the eggs laid have hatched. Rocío Peralta, head of the Department of Natural Resources of Tulum explained the importance for a healthy ecosystem since the leatherback is extremely rare in the area.

The program Kanan Aak (turtle keepers in Mayan) began in 2009. This year was the first time they recorded a leatherback turtle since hawksbill, white and loggerhead are the eggs normally found.

“We share great news. For the first time in the Sea Turtle Conservation Program we were able to release 57 leatherback turtles,” he said.