Biologist Juan Lara carefully rescues sea turtle eggs from a beach in Progreso. Photo: Courtesy

Progreso — A crew from La Coordinación de Ecología recovered and sheltered 153 hawksbill eggs that had nested on a beach near the Malecón.

The nest was at Calle 80, ground zero for tourists in Progreso and a place much too busy for baby sea turtles.

The rescue, before sunrise Thursday, was led by biologist Juan Lara, responsible for Cetmar’s Marine Turtle Care and Rehabilitation Program of the Yucatan Coast.

The nesting season for sea turtles began in April and will end in October, said Cetmar official Edilberto Quezada Domínguez.

The group effort was aided by colleagues Gabriel Luna, Josué Luna, Juan Lara and Linda Ahvenniemi as well as officers from the municipal police force.

Quezada Domínguez urged the public to call authorities when they find vulnerable turtle eggs. Avoid sudden noises and the use of flash bulbs, he added.

“Let’s respect the natural spectacle of the turtle and give notice to the appropriate authorities for its protection,” he said.

Source: Diario de Yucatán