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Baby turtles head to sea with help of international residents

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A recently hatched Tortuga Verde, or Chelonia mydas, makes its way to the ocean for the first time. Photo: Courtesy

International residents discovered a sea turtle nest in their home near the beach in Progreso.

The nest contained 11 live baby turtles and well over 100 hatched eggs shells. 

Environmental authorities arrived at the domicile to help get the tiny turtles out to their natural habitat in the sea. 

The homeowners who reported the nest look on as the 11 turtles make their way to the sea. Photo: Social media

Authorities also found three unhatched eggs, but their viability is not known.

The nesting season for sea turtles in Yucatán is quite long, lasting from April to November. 

Earlier: Sea turtles are thriving on empty Yucatan beaches

There are three species of sea turtles native to the Peninsula: the Caguama, Carey, and Verde — all of which are endangered.

Nests are usually found well above the high tide line, but mothers will sometimes venture up into people’s yards or homes.

Turtle nests can often be found when walking on beaches in Yucatán, but it is important to not touch them or disturb them in any way. 

To report a nest in a home or property in Yucatán, call 999-502-7825 or visit the state’s website for sea turtle conservation.

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