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A Turtle’s Rocky Point Rescue and Release

local authorities with turtle

It was a cool October morning when local authorities found an olive ridley sea turtle at Playa Hermosa in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico. She had gone out at night to lay her eggs but was so fatigued that she was unable to return to sea.

Staff at the Intercultural Center for the Study of Deserts and Oceans (CEDO) examined the turtle. She was exhausted and had minor injuries, and undoubtedly needed to rest before returning to sea. The team moved her to the Agustin Cortés Building at the CEDO campus where she was kept for hours under observation before being released.

Olive Ridley Turtles

Olive ridley turtles are the smallest and most abundant of all sea turtles, measuring about 25 inches in length and weighing up to 100 pounds. They have very powerful jaws that make it easy to have a diet of fish, mollusks, and crustaceans, mainly shrimp.

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This species lays their eggs in groups called “arribadas.” Thousands of turtles come out at the same time to lay their eggs on the beach. Females nest up to three times per season and return to nest within one or two years. Each nest has about 100 or more eggs, which take approximately 55 days to hatch.

The species is listed as endangered and can be found in the tropical coastal waters of the Pacific, Indian, and South Atlantic oceans.

Journey Back Home

rescue and release of turtle

After the turtle received the care she needed, CEDO’s team and their families accompanied her back to the sea, where she will thrive and perhaps one day return.

“Thanks to all of YOU who support our efforts. Your donations write our history!” said Nélida Barajas, CEDO Executive Director.

Interested in aiding more rescues like this one? By supporting Greater Good Charities’ Signature Program Project Peril, you can help more animals like this special sea turtle!