Published On: Tue, Feb 12th, 2019

Stranded sea turtle found in Playa del Carmen

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On Monday Feb. 11, tourists reported that a juvenile white turtle specimen was found on Playa del Carmen’s Shangri-la beach, which is not normal considering that the fact occurred outside the spawning season of the species.

According to data provided by Crisel Chico García, biologist of the Marine Turtle Protection and Conservation program of the municipality of Solidaridad, around 1 PM tourists walking through the Mahekal hotel, on Shangri-la beach, noticed the presence of the chelonian and they proceeded to warn the Civil Protection guardian who watches over that coastal area.

She added that immediately personnel from the Department of Environment and Climate Change appeared at the site to address the stranding of the specimen.

“Apparently the specimen looked tired and under a tremendous amount of stress, so it was taken to the UMA (Environmental Management Unit) in Xcaret because it is the only place where they have permission to handle these specimens and was placed under observation, “said Chico García.

According to the hypothesis, the turtle, less than 20 years old, apparently was very tired after having probably made a long trip. In addition, the marine animal had seaweed in its shell, so it probably spent several days under stress, entangled in seaweed.


“It is not very frequent to see this type of turtle this time of the year, this is not the nesting season. The recommendation in these cases, is that if someone sees a live turtle has to leave it where it is and call the authorities or if the person decides to help the animal, it must be put in a container with wet sand, it is important not to add water to the container though. Then wait for specialized people to arrive for proper handling, “she recommended.

According to the expert, it is a species of approximately 50 centimeters, better known as white or green turtle, the most common in the Mexican Caribbean

The stranding was reported to the Federal Office of Environmental Protection (Profepa) and will be the unit together with personnel from the ecotourism park, who will monitor the health of this chelonian.

The sea turtle watching and nesting season begins on May 1 and ends in early November.

TYT Newsroom with information from



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