Sea turtle release in Xcaret
Preserving and conserving the environment in Quintana Roo
As part of their Sea turtle release Program in Xcaret, the company managed to free five white and green turtles. These five breeds are only 15 months old and are the first set of creatures to be released into the wild during the year; the overall intention of the program is that for two weeks, these animals could return to their natural habitat in the oceans.
These particular breeds belong to the last two hatching nests that were taken care of in the program in Xcacel beach, and today- after five months of care- they can return to the ocean to continue with the natural cycle of life… It’s time they get by on their own in the wild!
It was an emotional farewell, which included the participation of young students from the Ninos del Mar Puerto Maya School, as well as those young kids that were visiting the park. After naming these creatures, they were released into the ocean after yelling out: Turtles to the Sea! Afterward, everyone who participated received a certificate of collaboration from the park.
According to Dr. Ana Negrete, the purpose of getting kids enrolled in activities of the sort is so they start creating awareness in them of the environment. Each kid was granted with a video of the event, which at the same time generated a wellbeing feeling in them that they can take home and feel completely good about themselves for being part of the activity. The purpose is to preserve the environment and create awareness in the public overall.
Xcaret’s protection program was introduced 20 years ago, as a measure to preserve the seven species of turtles that inhabit and visit the coasts of the Mexican Caribbean. Due to mankind’s influence and actions, these species have sadly been compromised and endangered, they are constantly harmed since they sometimes eat garbage in the sea, or are even stuck in fishing nets and are attacked by other predators of the sea or boat motors.
In the year 2014, Xcaret received the permission from the General Direction of Wildlife to operate as a rehab and rescue center… Up until now, this mission has managed that these species could have a better and higher survival opportunity, in spite of human behavior.
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