Tiny Albino Green Sea Turtle hatchling surprises us as turtle season is coming to an end
It’s the beginning of October and sea turtle season is coming to an end. The last few nights only a handful mother turtles came ashore to nest, so our work now is shifting more and more to releasing our lovely sea turtle hatchlings and cleaning the nests by opening them, removing empty eggs shells / undeveloped eggs and “rescuing” the one or other baby trapped in the nest underneath all the trash.
And even though the season started really late we were able to gain some ground in August and September. Until now we managed to collect the nests of 419 mother turtles and protect(ed) a total of over 49,000 turtle eggs; from these already 186 nests hatched blessing us with nearly 19,000 little sea turtle babies. Just like in 2015, this year we are again the protection corral with the most protected nests / eggs in Cancun.
And the past weekend we discovered an extremely rare albino green sea turtle baby in one of our nests. The beautiful, tiny creature was absolutely healthy and eager to reach the ocean. But as only 1 in 1000 make it to adulthood, the chances of survival for a pale baby turtle are slim. With no camouflage this little one is unfortunately an easy prey for predators. Anyway we released the hatchling with his brothers and sisters .... who knows, probably he is the one beating the odds.