May is here and so are the mommas!! The CEA’s 2019 Akumal Turtle Camp welcomes a new Beach Operations Coordinator, Maribel Escobedo. Maribel is a Wildlife Veterinarian , has her Masters Degree from UNAM, had been collaborating with Rehabilitation and Rescue Turtle Centers around the world, has been doing research on turtles for Health Assessment from Riviera Maya-Tulum to Holbox for 3 years, and is on the State Turtle Committee. Stop by our Office and meet her, although you may find her more easily on one of the beaches. As you see, she is ready to help us get this season off and running in a professional way!!
The camp has had returning voluntourists patrolling the beaches in the morning checking for nests – there have been 9 attempts recorded of Loggerheads and our FIRST NEST of the eseason on Playa Tortuga/Jade Bay on April 25th. Our second nest is again on PT April 29th another Loggerhead. Another first was the sighting of mating Loggerhead turtles VERY close to shore-not normally seen here; this took place at the south end of Akumal Bay. https://www.facebook.com/CEA.AKUMAL/videos/2293516674303463/
Remember! May 1st will be the official date to begin doing your part to help protect nesting sea turtles and hatchlings. PLEASE keep beaches QUIET, DARK and EMPTY from 9pm–5am, May-November. If you are interested in helping with our Camp, we have many opportunities for you. It takes many hands to help this protection program be most successful! Learn more about nesting turtles and hatchlings and how you can help on the CEA website: www.ceakumal.org
We are excited and looking forward to a great season!!