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Vida Milenaria Sea Turtle Nesting Historical Statistics

January 1, 2012 — pbretz

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With the recent end of the sea turtle hatching season, we've gathered all of the historical sea turtle nesting data from Vida Milenaria for the past 12 years.  Since 2000, nests protected have steadily increased!  One reason is that there are a greater density of nests each season, hopefully indicating an increase in population!  Another reason the reporting of protected nests has increased is because more land has been able to be covered each season.  More volunteers and paid workers, as well as a larger fleet of vehicles has made regularly scouting the Tecolutla beachfront of 32 miles, a more efficient operation.  

Kemp's ridley primarily nest in the Gulf of Mexico, with their center being Rancho Nuevo, Mexico.  Published statistics of kemp's ridley sea turtle nests show that in 2006, Rancho Nuevo was just shy of 8000 nests. Also during 2006, the entire coast of Texas reported a total of 102 nests.  The 384 nests reported by Vida Milenaria was 5% of the total recorded by Rancho Nuevo, a significant number.

The Tecolutla Turtle Preservation Project has been providing financial support to Vida Milenaria since 2006 with contributions from a number of generous donors.  Our financial milestone in 2008 allowed us to purchase and donate a pickup truck.  In addition our regular financial support to help purchase camp supplies has enabled more nests to be protected. We're making a difference!  

Kemp's Ridley (lepidochelys kempi) 

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
2011 693 68,681 60,190
2010 576 56,202 49,874
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
Total 4,659 454,108 394,583

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
2011 93 9,098 6,504
2010 63 6,266 4,807
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
Total 462 47,268 34,339

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
2011 1 130 79
2010 0 0 0
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
Total 28 2394 1850