Under the direction of Ricardo Lugo, Annie Romeu, Rafa Trujillo, Annette Tolentino, Erizo, Marco Ramos and Paco López we are the volunteers with the permission of the DNRAin Isla Verde.
The sheds that come to nest in Isla Verde from March to June activate us by patrolling the beaches, protecting the nests and ensuring that the hatching process is successful. The Tortugueros of Isla Verde work with volunteers and we thank the police officer Ángel García of the Maritime Unit of the Municipal Police of Carolina for his help in all these processes, the beach cleaning company Mangual Cleaning Services and the group Tortuguero 7 Keels of Ocean Park and Condado.
All interventions with these sea turtles are carried out under the direction of the biologist Carlos Diez and within a permit granted by the DNRA to certified citizens who voluntarily collaborate.
The nesting activity of Sea Turtles in Isla Verde has decreased enormously due to human impacts such as the construction of condominiums, hotels, light and noise pollution. This year, like almost every year, the average is four or five nests. Thanks to the outstanding participation of the Student Chapter of the Marine Environment Society - CESAM to the neighbors of all ages who made vigil. Thanks to the nest of our Tinglar we got to know many neighbors and we celebrated the “Chats on the Beach”. Excited and touched by the magic of the Sea Turtles, we will be activated again this year.
Leatherback nesting and accidents that impact protected species. This year we documented 5 dead Green Turtle- Chelonia mydas, on the shore of the Marine Reserve and all showed tumors very similar to fibropapilloma. In these cases we always call the biologist Carlos Diez - DRNA.
The Reef inhabits the Hawksbill-Eretmochelys imbricata and Green Turtle- Chelonia mydas. During the nesting months, the organizations Tingla Verde, Coalición Playas Pa’l Pueblo and Arrecifes Pro Ciudad collaborate with the sheds with the authorization of the DNRA. We always appreciate the help offered by the Maritime Unit of the Municipality of Carolina.
We receive this recognition with humility and our commitment to continue working.
We present the Poster “The Sea Turtles in the Arrecife de la Isla Verde Marine Reserve” before the WIDECAST 2015 convention in Maunabo, “University of the Sea Turtles”. Held from March 4 to 6. We had the opportunity to learn about the works of the turtle masters in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Florida.
In the 2016 season we had 10 nests and 460 baby turtles that reached the sea. The largest number of nests so far on Isla Verde on beaches that have been lined with cement and lights. We ask ourselves, What was it like 80 years ago?
We place these signs at the nests to provide information on the details of the nests and the hatching process.
We entered the “National Marine Turtle Nesting Female Database” all the information on the nesting nests of Isla Verde along with the other turtle groups in the islands of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
Results of the Leatherback nests in Isla Verde season 2016.
In the 2017 season we had 2 nests and 110 baby turtles that reached the sea. We had two false nests and a nest in front of the cemetery and the eggs were found shallow, they were relocated but the nest was not achieved.
This young Leatherback, 158 cm main measurement, was marked with tags # 353 and # 354. This year we already have a scanner to identify electronic chips.
In the 2018 season we had 2 nests and 70 baby turtles that reached the sea. We had two false nests. This shed is that of Nest # 1, 148 cm main measurement, it was marked with tags # 361 and # 362. It had no electronic chip.
The leatherback turtle called "La Tuca" also came to visit us. The municipal police officers saw it and could read tags # 545 # 546 and that turtle nested this same year in Dorado and the Chelonia group knows it and when they see it they help it to dig because its two rear flippers are missing. Could not nest.
Results of the leatherback nests in Isla Verde season 2018.
Leatherback nests in 2019