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Sea Turtle Nesting and Hatching

See how volunteers care for the turtles' eggs and babies during the summer breeding season


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The beaches of the smallest of the Honduras Bay Islands are the home to 3 species of sea turtles including the hawksbill, green, and loggerhead. It is said that sea turtles have been natives of the island for more than 90 millions of years. Unfortunately, because of poachers, environmental pollution, climate change, and human factors, these turtles are endangered. During the nesting season, many poachers want to rob nests to sell the eggs. So, from August to October (turtle nesting season) on the beaches of Utila you can see volunteers who are on duty all day and night to protect the eggs.

Even when babies are hatched 50-60 days after the nesting, volunteers also observe them, to avoid theft until the babies reach the sea.

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