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Twelve sea turtle nests mark start of Cancun season

Cancun, Q.R. — Sea turtle season has officially begun for the city of Cancun with the discovery of several nests. Cancun City Council says monitoring has begun and 26 pens are have been set up in the Cancun Hotel Zone to protect eggs.

The General Directorate of Ecology says night patrols have begun and are being made from 9:30 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. covering 12 kilometers of beaches where turtles are known to arrive and leave their eggs. To date, the city has already found 12 nests belonging to loggerhead, hawksbill and white sea turtles.

Inside those 12 nests were 1,724 eggs, all of which have been relocated inside the pens for protection until they hatch. The city says that this year, there was the sighting of a Kemp ridley sea turtle, the rarest and world’s most endangered, but the turtle left without laying eggs.