Belize is one of the few nations of the world that is still fortunate to have a population of sea turtles in our marine habitat. Sea turtles are endangered at this time, and so, the officials at TIDE, the Toledo Institute of Development and Environment, have been doing all they can to look after the turtle nests that pop up on the beachfront areas inside the Port Honduras Marine Reserve.
Last week, they went on a mission to catalog as many of the turtle hatchlings as they could find from a number of nests scattered near the area known as Punta Ycacos, and they ended up finding over 1,000 eggs.
In a recent interview, TIDE's terrestrial manager discussed his organization's efforts to help the new hatchlings to survive their first few days alive. Here's what he had to say on the topic:
According to the TIDE representative each of the nests this year averaged about 120 hatchlings. There were only a small amount of eggs that were damaged or didn't hatch due to environmental issues.
Turtle nesting beaches are slowly being lost to gradual coastal erosion.