RESEARCH AND RESULTS
Established in 1998, the Estrella del Mar Turtle Sanctuary was created with the single goal of protecting and conserving the sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea specie). With 3.5 miles of beach habitat at Estrella del Mar, we wanted to make sure that our development could coexist with the natural environment.
How it happens
Every summer the Olive Sea Turtles return to their native beaches to lay their eggs. Turtles will venture from hundreds of miles away to return to their place of their birth to lay their eggs, a ritual that has occurred for thousands of years. By safe guarding the nests and hatchlings each year, we have dramatically increased the number of mother turtles and their resulting off spring. Unfortunately, many of the world’s beaches are now full of developments as man continues to encroach on the turtle’s habitat. This has significantly reduced the reproductive success of turtles to such an extent that sea turtles are in danger of becoming extinct.
Working for a change
However, with programs such as the Estrella del Mar Sea Turtle Protection, there is hope. Since 1998, our efforts have resulted in more than 36 times the increase in both the number of eggs being collected and the number of hatchlings. For example, for the 2013 season we collected an unprecedented 256,306 eggs and hatches and released 200,375 baby olive sea turtles.
Think about that for a minute – over 200,000 baby sea turtles are now swimming in the ocean, many of whom, may not have had this chance.
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