Poachers Are Taking Nesting Sea Turtles Out Of The Ocean To Directly Steal Their Eggs

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While some sea turtles around the world have slowly starting to see populations increase, many are still extremely threatened due to what seems an endless lists of threats.

Just a couple days ago, we reported on how a sea turtle had tried to return to her birth spot to lay eggs for the next generation of sea turtles but she found an airport being built in the very spot instead. These and many other examples across the world tell the stories of sea turtles trying to make it in a world that humans have changed.

Another major threat sea turtles face is having their eggs pulled out of the ground by poachers before hatching to be sold and eaten.

One of the most common spots this is occurring is in Nicaragua’s La Flor Beach Natural Reserve where eggs are being poached by the thousands. Even more, a video has surfaced showing locals wading through the ocean and grabbing female turtles straight out of the water to get the mothers eggs directly.

While the poachers were likely only after eggs, it would not come as a surprise if the endangered female Olive Ridley sea turtle did not survive due to stress or bein.

While egg poaching is illegal in Nicaragua, they currently are not monitoring beaches to ensure this practice ends. Until beaches are being monitored to ensure that these amazing creatures are protected.

A recent position on Care 2 Petitions is asking for signatures to push Nicaragua’s government in demanding that Nicaraguan officials implement a beach watch and guard program to protect sea turtles during nesting season and prosecute poachers to the fullest extent of the law. You can sign the petition here.

The olive ridley specifically is the most threatened sea turtle in the world and is especially threatened during nesting season. The species is famous nesting aggregations where thousands of females nest together in small stretches of a beach. Due to the mass nesting, it makes it particularly easier for poachers to take the eggs of the unhatched turtles or take the sea turtle itself.

Olive ridley sea turtles typically nest one to three times per season, producing about 100 to 110 eggs on each nesting.

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