Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Turtle Video

Here's a video of us releasing one day old turtles at sunset to increase their odds of survival from bird attacks. Once in the water, the baby turtles are subject to fish and dolphins feeding. Generally one in 1000 survives to adulthood. They can live off their yolk for 3 days without eating. These conservation efforts in Puerto Vallarta have been somewhat successful and the numbers are increasing somewhat. They have even had a few very endangered leatherback nests this year for the first time in 9 years. The sand in our hands helps imprint them with the smell of this beach (otherwise oils from our hand would interfere with this imprinting). Like salmon, these turtles return to the place of their birth to lay eggs. Click on the link below to see our video.

Turtle Video

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