Hundreds of Baby Turtles Released on Playa del Holi
Carolina Gómez Aguiñaga - Tribuna de La Bahia
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October 20, 2022

Last Friday, adults and children who came at the invitation of the Green Patrol and the sub-directorate of Ecology released 800 baby turtles on Holi Beach as part of the conservation program of this species managed by the municipality.

"There are between 700 and 800 baby turtles that were born today. We do night surveillance on the beaches and patrols collecting the nests and we bring them to incubate, similar to what the turtle does so that it does not lose its process and once it hatches we release the hatchlings", explained Idelfonso Ramos Guerreo, Environment Supervisor.

Regarding complaints from citizens that reports are not attended when turtles are nesting, the official assured that all are attended, but sometimes they are late in arriving because they are attending another at the same time.

"The reports have to be made to 911, since it is the 24-hour phone number, and we are notified by whoever is on duty. Sometimes the green patrol arrives or they pass it directly to us, sometimes we are late, but we do arrive because we patrol 5 or 6 beaches, sometimes we linger on another beach and we have to wait 40 minutes, which is how long it takes for the turtle to lay its eggs before we can move from the point to another beach, since there is a risk that if we leave it there the turtle will be killed or taken out of the nest."

The recommendations for those who witness these events are to keep a distance of at least 10 meters, do not approach the turtle, do not take flash photos, do not lift it, do not climb on the turtle, do not steal its eggs, which is a federal crime punishable by up to 9 years in prison, and, above all, call 911 to make the report.

Norm 162 of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Semarnat) establishes how the release should be done so that their main predator, which are birds, do not eat them. This must be done at dusk to give them a better chance of survival.

It is worth mentioning that around 50 people attended the release on the beach of El Holi, many of them children, who for the first time held a baby turtle in their hands and followed the instructions of the authorities to keep in line so as not to step on them. Commissioner Eloy Girón Alcuria was also present.

See the original at Tribuna de La Bahia

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This article was translated from Spanish using AI technologies. Errors may exist due to this process.

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