Pacuare so far – 2018 nesting season
With the first nests being recorded on March 2nd, leatherback sea turtle season officially started. In comparison to 2017, the first seasonal nest was collected by staff members of our project partner and relocated to a safe place at the beach.
Our partner was able to relocate 17 nests to the beach due to the low number of poachers. No nest needed to be incubated in styrofoam boxes this season. Unfortunately, one nest was destroyed by domestic dogs.
On March 21st, our partner was able to complete the hatchery almost two months earlier than the previous season. This means that more nests were buried in sterilized sands and guarded by the volunteers.
So far the percentage of collected nests by the project is approx. 65%. As the number of poachers was quite low at the beginning of the season, our partner was able to get more clutches than the poachers. Tragically, there are more poachers who have started to come to the beach lately which ends in reducing the number of nests collected during patrols. Despite a high number of patrols at the beach, poachers still are able to gain the same amount of clutches or even more than our partner – a critical fact.
This illustrates that there is a great absence of authorities at the beach with our partner. No national authority (e.g. police or coastguard) is supporting the project, making our partner unable to save a higher number of nests. Until now, there are 108 leatherback sea turtle nests and two Hawksbill turtle nests at the hatchery – twice amount than the season before.
After the two Hawksbill turtles laid their eggs, they were protected until they were safely released back into the ocean. Luckily, no Pacific Green turtle or Hawksbill turtle has been killed. From the seven nests relocated to the beach and the five nests incubated at the hatchery, more than 400 hatchlings have been released this year.