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TIDE Protecting Baby Turtles Down South

And finally this evening, More than one thousand baby turtles hatched and made their way to the sea recently. In Belize, these are endangered animals and for the past weeks, the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) has been monitoring the hatchlings in Punta Yacos nesting grounds for turtles. TIDE’s Terrestrial Manager Mario Muschamp says saving the baby turtles is important.

Mario Muschamp, Terrestrial Manager, TIDE: “These turtles are actually considered threatened or endangered and so for us to be able to maintain healthy populations we have to do monitoring to see how they’re actually doing. One of the most threatened is the Hawksbill Turtle which are the ones we are currently finding their nest here along this beach. So far we have come across about forty seven nest for this 2021 nesting season and all have been Hawksbill so it’s looking like it’s mainly Hawksbill that are nesting here within the Port Honduras Marine Reserve. So this is actually our second year that me and my crew have been doing it and we are seeing from last year to this year we’re seeing hatching happening earlier this year than they did last year. We didn’t see hatching last year until late November and now we’re seeing hatching starting late August early September so they’re a little earlier this year than they were in terms of the hatching last year. What we did see last year was more predation than we are currently seeing this year. So far we have only lost two nests but last year we had well over a dozen nests that were predated. From what we’re seeing everything is varied from year to year in terms of the number of turtles coming to the beach to nest and the number of nests being predated and actually number of hatchlings coming out of each one of those nests. I think we are seeing much better results this year than we saw last year in terms of the hatching from the nests.”