Sea Turtle Nesting Statistics

Kemp's ridley sea turtles, a critically endangered species, nest on the beaches of Tecolutla, Veracruz, Mexico from March through July.  Green turtles and hawksbill turtles also nest during this time period as well as into the fall.  Below are nesting statistics for all of these species along the Tecolutla beaches, some 31 miles of beachfront, since 2000.

Kemp's Ridley (lepidochelys kempii) 

Notes:

  • 2008 - Hurricane Ike (some nests lost)
  • 2007 - Hurricanes Dean and Lawrence (nests lost: 3 kemp's ridley)
  • 2003 - Severe drought resulted in loss of nests
Year Number of Nests Protected Number of Eggs Protected Number of Hatchlings
2017 715 (as of 6/15/2017) - -
2016 657 - -
2015 485 46,878 43,191
2014 476 - -
2013 819 - -
2012 812 - -
2011 693 68,681 60,190
2010  N/A N/A  N/A 
2009 671 63,682 51,779
2008 790 77,448 66,573
2007 407 39,537 35,709
2006 384 35,804 32,720
2005 397 38,763 32,476
2004 190 19,779 17,403
2003 129 12,710 10,720
2002 179 17,752 16,039
2001 151 14,700 13,000
2000 92 9,050 8,100

Green Turtle (chelonia mydas)

Notes:

  • 2008 - Hurricane Ike (some nests lost)
  • 2007 - Hurricanes Dean and Lawrence (nests lost: 14 green)
  • 2003 - Severe drought resulted in loss of nests
Year Number of Nests Protected Number of Eggs Protected Number of Hatchlings
2015 183 20,197 16,555
2014 - - -
2013 - - -
2012 115 - -
2011 93 9,098 6,504
2010  N/A N/A N/A 
2009 58 5,636 3,925
2008 63 6,358 4,330
2007 49 5,349 2,821
2006 32 3,271 2,905
2005 31 3,442 2,746
2004 22 2,601 2,258
2003 3 333 225
2002 20 2,032 1,708
2001 16 1,652 1,250
2000 12 1,230 860

Hawksbill (eretmochelys imbricata)

Notes: 

  • 2008 - Hurricane Ike (some nests lost)
  • 2007 - Hurricanes Dean and Lawrence (nests lost: 2 hawksbill)
  • 2003 - Severe drought resulted in loss of nests
Year Number of Nests Protected Number of Eggs Protected Number of Hatchlings
2015 NONE - -
2014 - - -
2013 - - -
2012 12 - -
2011 1 130 79
2010  N/A N/A  N/A 
2009  6  647  281
2008  3  345  195
2007  2  112  0
2006  -  -  -
2005  3  309  234
2004  0  0  0
2003  1  97  80
2002  5  420  353
2001  4 427   358
2000  3  334  270