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Monday, 19 July 2004
Area de incubacion - tortugas marinas

Cuba Cayo Largo turtle

On our first night on Cayo Largo a marine turtle hauled herself up onto the beach, dug a hole and laid her eggs before heading back to sea, and her feeding grounds which are several thousand kilometres away.  These creatures, which have lived on earth since the dinosaurs (200 million years ago)  are now endangered due to human activity.

On Cayo Largo is a turtle conservation office, and they tend to collect all the eggs and move them into designated hatching areas (where they can be better protected and easier monitored). If the eggs are not moved, then they are still roped-off and clearly marked so that visitors to the island won’t accidentally disturb the nest.  The nests are all individually dated.

Posted by bigblue on 19/07/2004 at 06:55 PM
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