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:

  • 2019 - Severe drought limited nesting
  • 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
2019 573 56,523 42,500
2018 647 59,107 54,192
2017 747 72,871 68,225
2016 672 64,303 59,595
2015 485 46,878 43,191
2014 478 46,224 41,127
2013 819 79,698 71,362
2012 812 78,893 70,756
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:

  • 2019 - Sever drought limited nesting
  • 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
2019 237 24,578 16,000
2018 181 19,430 17,405
2017 258 25,352 23,839
2016 155 14,139 12,675
2015 89 20,107 16,555
2014 89 9484 8163
2013 156 15,785 13,259
2012 115 11,599 9,083
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: 

  • 2019 - Severe drought limited nesting
  • 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
2019 3 410 256
2018 2 280 230
2017 4 487 403
2016 NONE - -
2015 NONE - -
2014 NONE - -
2013 NONE - -
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