The 2021 Olive Ridley sea turtle nesting period along the shores of Rocky Point has recorded at least four nests so far, along with careful removal of 425 turtle eggs now in artificial incubation.
Luis César García González, local director of the Federal Maritime Land Zone (ZOFEMAT) detailed his office coordinates with the Federal Environmental Protection Agency (PROFEPA), biologist Itzel Cárdenas of the Vidanta Group, the local Clean Beach Committee, and the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO) to ensure the successful removal of sea turtle eggs from busy beach areas. These efforts are to help guarantee the turtles’ successful development and hatching.
García González indicated the following as to this year’s reports on sea turtle nests so far:
- Princesa de Peñasco – 120 eggs
- Home Port area – 109 eggs
- El Mirador – 90 eggs
- Near Esmeralda on Sandy Beach – 106 eggs
There are indications of at least two other sea turtles that came ashore this season, though unfortunately did not successfully spawn. Residents and visitors alike are urged to remain alert to sea turtle sightings to ensure their appropriate care and preservation of turtle eggs.
The local Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCV) advises if someone spots a turtle coming out of the water to nest on the beach, report this to ZOFEMAT, the municipal police, or safety personnel near where the sighting occurs (report to 911), who in turn can notify authorities in charge of cordoning off the area.