Today the Secretary of Ecology invited all parties that are participating in their Sea Turtle Protection Program to a meeting. Among other topics they announced this years numbers of collected and protected sea turtle nests as of September 5.
Only 9 days after extending our protection area for the first time and already fearing we went a little bit over the top, the huge new space was nearly full yesterday and we had to make room for more turtle nests.
With quite large numbers of sea turtles nesting on our beach this year, our protection corral filled up quickly and two days ago we had no more space for new nests. So exactly 1 month after originally building our corral we had to extend the protection area yesterday.
The last 10 days at the beach have been really crazy with 9 to 20 (!) turtles laying eggs each night. This brings us to a total of 273 nests with more than 32,000 eggs that we currently protect in our corral; 30% more than in 2015 at the same time and an increase of 120% compared to last year.