By José Antonio Pérez
Photos: Comunicación Social H. Ayuntamiento Puerto Peñasco
In an area of Playa Bonita where a sea turtle nested almost two months ago, 45 baby sea turtles were released back into the Sea of Cortez in early November, under protocol to protect sea turtles along Puerto Peñasco’s coast.
Members of the local Clean Beach Committee, volunteers, and tourists participated in the release of the baby Olive Ridley sea turtles into the gulf. Those on hand formed a human barrier to provide security for the young turtles en route from the nesting area to the sea.
Biologist Itzel Cárdenas of the Vidanta group took part once again in the careful release of the baby turtles. Itzel Cárdenas has performed much as a turtle whisperer in recent years – collecting and storing turtle eggs in incubation until they hatch. Members of PROFEPA (Environmental Protection), ZOFEMAT (Federal Maritime Land Zone), the Tourism Auxiliary Unit, Public Safety, CEDO (Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans), and the local administration were on hand for this first release of baby turtles of the season.
Mayor Kiko Munro emphasized this first release of 45 baby turtles was the first from nests detected early this year, anticipating successful numbers from the 500 turtle eggs collected that have been stored in protected incubation.