An estimated 1,000 Olive Ridley sea-turtle hatchlings have been released in the Pacific Ocean in the northwestern Mexican state of Baja California Sur, according to environmental groups.
The two-day release was completed with the assistance of residents of the town of Los Barriles near Cabo San Lucas.
An adult sea turtle named Noelia was also released with a satellite tracking apparatus on it, Georgina Saad, priority marine species coordinator for the alliance formed by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature and Telcel, told the EFE news service.
The apparatus was placed on the turtle with the goal of learning about the migration routes for females that come to nest in this area”, Saad said. The Gulf of California is home to five of the seven sea turtle species that exist in the world.
One of the goals of the conservation program is to get community groups to monitor sea turtle nests, Saad said. “This is important because all the turtle species are considered to be in danger of extinction.”
Sea turtles were hunted for food until just a couple of decades ago, and the practice has largely ended.
The Olive-Ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea), also known as the Pacific Ridley, can grow up to 70 centimeters long and weigh up to 110 pounds. This turtle is also the most common turtle species found in North American Pacific waters.
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