84.2 F
Mérida
Wednesday, October 20, 2021
###

Looters grab 3,700 eggs from sea turtle nests in Yucatan

Discovery mars an otherwise healthy nesting season

Latest headlines

New jobs report offers some much needed good news for Yucatán’s economy

Officially at least, the recovery has come earlier than expected. It was announced in October 2020 that the lost jobs would be recovered in roughly two years — but many are skeptical. 

Scientists discover a massive underground cave network in Yucatán

The cave system extends from the Chuy Ha Cenote, in the municipality of Kaua, to the Aktun Kaab dry cave, in Santa Rita — which is roughly 85 kilometers away in a straight line. 

Botánica Alfabeta — Flowers are this photographer’s hidden talent

Weddings took up most of Fabrizio’s time, until the pandemic halted all social events. Then, as most anxious personalities did, he turned back into his hobbies to find purpose and inspiration.

Cemeteries and festivities will be open this year for Hanal Pixan celebrations

In certain municipalities, like Motul and Kanasín, cemeteries started welcoming guests who come to prepare the graves of their deceased.
Yucatán Magazine
Sign up to get our top headlines delivered to your inbox twice a week.
The looting of thousands of sea-turtle eggs in Yucatan mars an otherwise good nesting season. Photo: Sipse

Merida, Yucatan — Over 3,700 eggs have been stolen from sea turtle nests in Dzilam de Bravo, Telchac Puerto and Sisal, said the Committee for the Protection and Conservation of Marine Turtles of the State (Coctomy).

While looting is not common in Yucatan, conservationists are concerned about the safety of the numerous sea-turtle nests up and down the Gulf coast.

A lucrative black market for sea-turtle eggs continues across Latin America, where they are used as food and considered to have medicinal properties. In other parts of the world, eggshells are used in ceremonies or turned into jewelry. Shells from the turtles themselves are turned into jewelry.

In Mexico, they are usually sold to bars or restaurants and eaten raw, or the raw egg is dropped into a mug of beer. They are prized as an aphrodisiac.

A long nesting season, from March to October, gives poachers plenty of opportunities to strike.

The head of the Department of Natural Resources and Wildlife (Semarnat), Salvador Canul Dzul, confirmed that several nests were illegally raided.

Despite the incidents, the nesting season is going well, he said.

Since March, 919 hawksbill turtle nests were counted in Yucatan, a number similar to last year’s. By the end of the season, the number of nests is expected to double, representing around 89,000 hatchlings.

{ Related: Endangered hawksbill turtles return to Akumal }

It is too soon for statistics on the green turtles, whose arrival are just beginning.

Canul Dzul vowed that surveillance and protection, care and preservation of sea turtles will be maintained in camps at Celestun, Sisal, Arrecife Alacranes (Scorpion Reef), Telchac Puerto, Dzilam de Bravo, Las Coloradas and El Cuyo.

In Costa Rica, investigators plant fake turtle eggs, embedded with GPS chips, to track poachers.

With information from Sipse, Tico Times and the Dodo

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

More articles

Construction at Xcaret’s new theme park near Valladolid shut down

Construction at Xcaret’s Xibalba theme park in Yucatán has been halted after a surprise inspection by Mexico’s federal environmental agency, Profepa.

A new campaign demands junk food ban in Mexican schools

Junk food consumption has increased along with the obesity epidemic, which one of the critical risk factors for chronic non-communicable diseases, according to the Pan American Health Organization.

Good news for Yucatán’s sea turtles

Sea turtles continue to be endangered in Yucatán, but a new study suggests that their numbers are beginning to recover. 

More remains of the world’s largest shark found in the depths of a cenote in Yucatán

The megalodon, or “big tooth” is an extinct species of shark that lived approximately 2.3 to 3.6 million years ago from the early Miocene to the Pliocene periods.

The untamed beauty of Hormiguero and its exotic wilderness

Part of its appeal likely has to do with the fact that it is rarely visited by tourists because of how poor the roads needed to access it are

Casa Alta Blanca: Easy, peaceful beach living

Casa Alta in Telchac Puerta is on the market. Photo: Yucatan Beach & City Properties When John Bradshaw...

COVID cases continue steady decline as vaccines for teens arrive

Yucatán's health ministry reported a steady drop in new cases this week. Daily infections averaged around 208,...

ELLA: Mérida hosts a weeklong international lesbian festival

The grand opening took place at Casa Thó, located in Paseo de Montejo. A special Meet & Greet was held with Diana Deskarados, renowned Youtuber, and Tigre Jimenez, Boxing Champion. 

Cozumel’s cruise industry bounces back in a big way

Quintana Roo has come to depend on a steady stream of cruise-goers, to maintain jobs at businesses including restaurants, excursion operators,...

Massimo Bottura’s community dinner is fighting hunger in Refettorio Mérida

Refettorio is a cultural project designed to offer dining experiences through the transformation of surplus ingredients into nutritious and beautiful dishes.