MORRO AYUTA, Oaxaca — The Mexican Navy seized more than 12,000 turtle eggs that had been illegally removed from nests on the coast of Oaxaca and Michoacán and loaded in sacks in preparation for sale.
Patrols by the Navy and federal environmental inspectors on the Morro Ayuta beach in Oaxaca (between Huatulco and Salina Cruz) found eight sacks containing 10,000 eggs. Another subsequent patrol on the same beach netted another 2,000.
Meanwhile, the haul in Michoacán was rather smaller at just 188 eggs.
The eggs were laid by Olive Ridley sea turtles, considered vulnerable to becoming an endangered species if circumstances do not change.
The name for this sea turtle is tied to the color of its shell—an olive green hue. They are the smallest of the sea turtles and currently the most abundant. Their vulnerable status comes from the fact that they nest in a very small number of places, and therefore any disturbance to even one nest beach could have huge repercussions on the entire population.
Sea turtles are a fundamental link in marine ecosystems and help maintain the health of coral reefs and sea grass beds. Olive Ridley turtles also provide a type of refuge for many seabirds in the Eastern Pacific, allowing them to perch on their shells as the turtles surface to bask in the sun.
Harvesting either the turtles or their eggs is prohibited under Mexican law. Mexican Navy authorities work along thousands of miles of coast to establish marine protected areas, and this way ensure sea turtles have a safe place to nest, feed and migrate freely
The seized eggs were shipped to the Mexican Turtle Center in Mazunte, located between Huatulco and Puerto Escondido, where they will be incubated and hatched.
more recommended stories
Man threatens a woman with a knife in front of “La Ermita”
According to locals, on Thursday March.
Tourism in Mérida keeps booming prior to Semana Santa
“Yucatan stands out as spearhead in.
Mérida and Athens, Greece about to work together in urban mobility program
Urban Mobility and Citizen Participation in.
Germany returns Mexico two Olmec busts stolen in the 80s
After at least 10 years of.
Oxkintok, stone of three suns
“Whoever lives sees, but whoever travels.
Mérida number five municipality in home sales nationwide during 2017
CANCUN, Quintana Roo.- Benito Juárez was.
March 20: Day of the Guayabera in Merida
On March 20, the Guayabera Day.
Conversaciones con Amigos at Merida English Library
“Monday evenings from 7 to 9.
Spider monkey found inside a cage in a Mérida restaurant
Mérida, Yucatán.- The Federal Procurator for.
Strong earthquake below the coast of Guerrero, Mexico – March 20, 2018
Two earthquakes shook Mexico near Pinotepa.