Sea Turtle Sighting in the East Cape
You would ask, why is this in the news? Well, the Leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) is an endangered species, and we hadn’t seen one in two years. Although Mexico could be considered a sea turtle country because we welcome 7 of the 8 species in the world, the leatherback is the one we see the least. The most common are the Green turtle (Chelonia mydas), the Loggerhead (Caretta caretta), the Hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), the Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), and the Kemp’s Ridley (Lepidochelys kempii). The leatherback sea turtle, sometimes called the lute turtle or leathery turtle or simply the luth, is the largest of all living turtles, reaching up to 2.2 meters in length (7.2 feet) and is the fourth-heaviest modern reptile behind three crocodilians. This particular sea turtle left behind 67 eggs, which are under protection of biologist Graciela Tiburcio and her Sea Turtle Protection Network.