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Turtles return to Dominican beaches to lay eggs

The Ministry of Environment, through its Coastal Resources Program, has announced the start of the turtle-nesting season and called on the public to protect this endangered species. The leatherback sea turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) is the largest of all living turtles and lays its eggs on Dominican beaches.

The Ministry seeks to raise public awareness of the turtle’s importance. Threats to the turtle include solid waste, mainly plastics, deforestation of the coastal vegetation and human turtle eggs and meat consumption.

The Ministry says that it has already registered nests of turtles on Playa El Valle in Samana, La Vacama in La Altagracia, north of Punta Cana, Isla Saona and the Parque Nacional Jaragua in the southwest.

The leatherback turtle can reach a length of two meters and weigh as much as 1,000 pounds.

Source: DR1, Hoy.com.do

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Last updated December 7, 2016 at 11:59 PM
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