Turtle Update and Interesting Fact

by Tom Cochran and Centro Ecológico Akumal (CEA)

This is the current turtle nest count in Akumal as of June 16, 2014. The greens have finally started to nest after a late and slow start. Hopefully things will pick up rapidly from here.

Loggerheads 87, Greens 7

As you know, the CEA Turtle Patrol is on the beaches watching for nesting mothers and assuring that they and their nests are safe. There are times that nests are laid with no one seeing it happen.

You may wonder how they know which species laid the nest when they find it in the morning. It's actually quite easy to determine, as greens and loggerheads leave distinctively different tracks in the sand, as you can see by the photo below.

The one on the left is a green turtle track; when on land they move by pulling themselves forward with both front flippers simultaneously. Loggerheads move by alternating the front flippers resulting in the tracks you see on the right. With a little bit of practice, it is quite easy to identify which turtle species made the track.

Turtle Tracks Logger and Green

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