80 turtles hatch on the beach at Captain Morgan's

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 12, No. 27            July 18, 2002

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Recently hatched turtles

Captain Morgan's Retreat received the visit of a female Loggerhead sea turtle on May 16, 2002, which laid a clutch of eggs on its beach. This was protected and monitored by the staff of the resort along with staff from the Bacalar Chico and Hol Chan Marine Reserves. After 56 days of incubation, 80 hatchlings started their journey for survival. As the mortality rate for this endangered specie is high, the hatchlings were collected as they entered the sea and released beyond the reef to increase their survival chances.

The uniqueness of the nest is that it was laid in a populated area and about 20 miles south of the nesting beach found in the Bacalar Chico National Park. Also, this example shows the willingness of the private sector to participate in conservation. Through this medium we want to thank Captain Morgan's Retreat staff and all the volunteers who assisted in this effort.

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