A volunteer in a white long-sleeved shirt and blue shorts kneels on a sandy beach observing baby turtles crawling toward the sea.

“Exclusive: Isla Mujeres Turtle Camp Bolsters Protection Efforts!”

In honor of World Sea Turtle Day, the Municipal Government of Isla Mujeres, led by Mayor Atenea Gómez Ricalde, has reinforced its dedication to preserving the area's iconic turtle species. The Department of Environment and Ecology is leading the charge, promoting environmental education and strengthening surveillance efforts at the Isla Mujeres Turtle Camp during the sea turtle nesting season, which runs from May 15 to October 15.

The department underscores the crucial role that sea turtles play in maintaining the health of mangroves. It also announced that, with the assistance of volunteers and department staff, it has successfully safeguarded a total of 51 sea turtle nests so far this season.

The Department of Environment and Ecology provided a breakdown of the nests under protection. Currently, there are 31 nests of Loggerhead Turtles, 16 nests of White Turtles, and 4 nests of Hawksbill Turtles. Additionally, a total of 6,089 eggs from these species have been protected this season, including 3,578 eggs from Loggerhead Turtles, 1,949 from White Turtles, and 562 from Hawksbill Turtles.

The department is encouraging local residents to participate in the protection of these species. Anyone with reports or concerns can reach out via the Tortucel hotline at 9983038310.

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