We’ve got some eventful months behind us!
- We released the last hatchlings into the sea and got a pretty good success rate
- We’ve had our first visitors testing the camping area and leaving mesmerized
- We started the construction of our volunteer cabin
- We discovered some new destinations for future adventure trips
- I received my permanent residency for Nicaragua
So here are all the details:
MEMANTAs first hatchery season is over
I think we can be very proud of our 84% hatching success, given that anything above 70% is considered good for a hatchery and anything above 90% is rarely seen (but of course not impossible).
Even under natural conditions, IF the nests remain totally undisturbed by humans or predators, the success rates can result quite low – this can be due to varying factors like
the health of the mother turtle, unfavourable temperatures, weather extremes, inundation and erosion etc.
Given the fact that all nests on our beach get poached, it is totally necessary to transfer them into an enclosed hatchery. And even when it seems that we failed sometimes – our first nest had only a 50% success rate and another one had a very high hatchling mortality – we can be happy about every single turtle that made its way to the sea.
I don’t think I exaggerate if I say:
Playa Venecia has seen its first baby turtles in decades!