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Conservation in Mexico - Monthly Update September 2009

Turtle emerging from the surf

Mexico has had its fair share of dramas this year, and the beginning of September brought the second hurricane of the season to the Pacific Coast of Mexico. Hurricane Jimena hit land substantially to the north of where we are based in Baja California and the Northern States. However, at the camp, we still felt the affects of the hurricane and experienced a period of much stronger winds.

It is important to know that when sea turtles lay their eggs is directly influenced by factors such as moon phases, tides, temperature and the strength and direction of the wind. While Hurricane Jimena passed quite far away from the Colima coast the day after she hit the north we could feel the winds that the tail of the hurricane left us. High tides and winds ensure that many hundreds of turtles come out of the sea to lay their precious eggs.

Turtle moving up the beach

On Monday night at around 1:30pm the wind started to blow! These winds can easily reach around 80km per hour. After a couple of hours, the turtles started to emerge from the ocean all around the beach, luckily the staff and volunteers were ready for the task.

This time we collected around 120 nests in a few hours! We hope to have more nights like this.

I would also like to give special thanks to a couple of volunteers for their stupendous effort and support as they helped us through a very busy night.

Thanks Julie and Melodie!

Oliver Garcia
Conservation Director
September 2009
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