Endangered sea turtles hatch on Mexico beach
Published: 04:07 PM, 29 October 2020
Olive ridley sea turtles come to Mexico`s Pacific beaches to lay their eggs; Photo: AFP
Record numbers of endangered species of sea turtles have hatched on a beach in northern Mexico, believed to be the result of reduced human activity during the Covid-19 pandemic.
They released more than 2,250 babies Olive Ridley Sea Turtles into the Gulf of California, according to the indigenous Seri community in Sonora state.
The community usually releases about 500 of the small creatures every year. Fishing and tourism limits mean their beach nests have not been as disturbed.
The Olive Ridley Sea Turtle, which is under threat globally, lays its eggs on the beaches of a number of Mexican states between May and September. The species is considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.
It is to be noted that Mexico banned the capture of sea turtles in 1990, and there are stiff penalties for anyone caught hunting them.