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Some 16,000 Turtles Nest in Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast
International, 10/6/2015

Authorities said that about 16,000 sea turtles in danger of extinction have nested in the La Flor Wildlife Refuge, in the southern department of Rivas in the Pacific coast of Nicaragua.

According to René Castellón of the Biodiversity team of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (Marena, by its Spanish acronym), these marine reptiles have formed their nests for spawning nesting at the refuge of 1,100 m of coastline.

The arrival of the turtles began at night, adding up 15,816 turtles, he said. The turtles arrive to lay their eggs on the shores of this reserve. Officials expect more than 40,000 turtles to arrive at the Wildlife Flower shelter between September and October of this year.

The arrival of turtles are verified by rangers, military, police, environmentalists, community leaders and workers of Marena, each distributed in 11 sections of 100 meters off the coast of La Flor.

Five species of sea turtles that nest in the beaches of Nicaragua are: green, hawksbill, leatherback, bighead and paslasma, which are endangered by different factors, and they spawn between July and January in the Pacific beaches of this country.

The most important turtle sanctuaries of La Flor and Nicaragua are Chacocente, on the Pacific coast, which has been declared a Wildlife Refuge, and the reserves of Isla Juan Venado, Volcano Cosigina and Estero Padre Ramos, in the west.



Topic(s):    Biodiversity