The first olive ridleys of the season were released

The week of August 20 to 25 there were very special moments in the Reserva Playa Tortuga, since the first two releases of baby turtles were made in the 2018 season.

A total of 164 hatchlings started their journey across the oceans. In case any of these hatchlings survive and if they are females, they will return to this same beach to nest, approximately in 25 to 30 more years.
© Graciela Pulido

© Graciela Pulido

Unfortunately the statistics are not very favorable for the conservation of this and other species of sea turtles, of which only 1 in 1000 will reach maturity. The Olive Ridley Sea Turtle (Lepidochelys kempii) is sadly famous, because it is the most endangered species of sea turtle in the world.

© Adrián Bonilla

© Adrián Bonilla

The Olive Ridley turtle is in danger of extinction due to various factors, some natural, such as predators, but there are other external factors, of which the human being is responsible, such as the commercialization of eggs and turtle meat, and all the pollution. All the garbage that we generate every day, especially the plastic, come in one form or another to the oceans, directly affecting not only the sea turtles but all the species that live in the sea.


We invite you to help in the conservation of the Olive Ridley turtle and prevent it from passing to the sad list of extinct animals; to participate actively in beaches and rivers cleanup that are organized in the different cantons; to eliminate or reduce the use of plastic; to recycle; to denounce the illegal sale of turtle eggs, etc. Every effort, however small it may seem, counts.

© Lainneker Sanchez

© Lainneker Sanchez

 

If you like it, why not share it?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Math CAPTCHA *