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Travelling turtle for Cabo

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Monterrey students at Cabo's turtle camp

We recently reported on a tracking device that was to be attached to the back of one of Cabo’s Olive Ridley turtles.


Well the lucky turtle, who has been named “Rayito”, set off on her travels on Friday afternoon.


Rayito was released by a group of students from Monterrey who have been working at the turtle camp "Don Manuel Orantes". The camp is on a protected, patrolled stretch of beach just in front of the Holiday Inn Hotel.


Biologist Graciela Tiburcio Pintos, head of the Department of Natural Resources and Wildlife, said  

” Satellite tracking of sea turtles with a transmitter provides a powerful tool to understand the movements of those animals. It allows us to follow them day by day, to be aware of their location, the  estimated direction and speed of their travel, and the characteristics of their movements.” 

Rayito will be travelling for around 7 months with the satellite. All the information gathered on her feeding habits and her daily behaviours in the natural environment will be used to help develop new conservation projects. The information will also be used in schools as an innovative fun way for kids to learn about sea turtles.  


Friday was definitely a special day for turtles as it also marked the end of the fishing ban in the Gulf of Ulloa.


The purpose of the ban was to see if the fishermen’s nets were causing the deaths of the yellow loggerhead turtles. And the United States were threatening a fishing embargo.


However, it seems that despite the ban, the deaths of the turtles have continued. Fishermen and others are now demanding a proper scientific investigation into the deaths.  

And although the fishing ban has been lifted random inspections will still take place and cameras may be installed on some of the pangas. There also remains a protected area of approx 800 hectares that shrimp boats cannot enter – their nets are most likely to trap turtles as the bycatch.

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