“At one time all of Ambergris Caye was known to be a nesting beach for turtles in Belize but now turtles are confined to smaller beaches due to the rapid development,” explained Foreman. In the past only two types of turtle have been documented to nest on the northern beaches of Ambergris Caye, the loggerhead turtle (Chleonia Caretta) and the green turtle (Chleonia Mydas). This year is the first time in the four years of monitoring that Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) nests were found on northern Ambergris Caye. “For the first time in the four years that we are doing this monitoring, we found two hawksbill turtle nests and the eggs have hatched,” said the marine biologist. Hawksbill turtles are listed as a critically endangered species under the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Via Dan Costa