The Ecuadorian Ministry of the Environment made the announcement on Thursday.
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A ray of hope for this endangered species. Ninety eggs of the leatherback turtle, the largest species of sea turtle in the world, were discovered in Ecuador in a reserve on the Pacific coast, the Ministry of the Environment announced on Thursday (March 25th).
In the Galera San Francisco reserve in the province of Esmeraldas, bordering Colombia, “90 eggs were discovered in the fourth nest of leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) listed since the start of the 2020-2021 nesting season”, said the ministry in a press release.
Other nests were discovered in the neighboring province of Manabi (southwest), where since January around 70 leatherback turtles have been born, a species in danger of disappearing on these coasts of the East Pacific Ocean.
The 90 eggs of these turtles, which as adults can measure up to three meters in length and weigh up to a ton, were found by guards from the reserve, who protected the nest and installed a temperature to monitor their evolution.
“It is very important to identify this species of marine fauna so vulnerable, especially since its nesting is not frequent on our equatorial coast”, developed one of the guards, Tatiana Caicedo, according to the same source.