Sea Turtle Preservation Methods
Always on the lookout for nesting female Kemp's ridley sea turtles, Fernando and his assistants patrol the beach, both on foot and on four-wheelers. Nests of sea turtle eggs are protected from poachers and natural predators, such as crabs, birds and coyotes. Some nests are relocated into a secured compound; most are kept in their original location, with outward signs of their presence (i.e. mama turtle tracks) removed to keep them hidden from predators. Careful records are kept regarding the location of each nest, the date found and estimated sea turtle hatching times. Hundreds of sea turtle nests are cared for in this way every year.
Irma, Fernando’s wife, takes care of much of the scheduling and organizational aspects of their work. She invites thousands of school students from all over Mexico to participate in the release of the hatchlings. Many children, from the very young to college students, benefit from this exciting and educational experience. Holding the adorable little hatchlings in their hands, and watching them battle against the odds as they head out into the gigantic sea, the children gain a greater appreciation for the lives of this endangered species. Feeling good about helping to protect the sea turtles, these students also become more excited about being good stewards of our planet!