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Twelve Sea Turtles Return to Sea After Being Rehabilitated in Xcaret Hospital

June 25, 2016 Responsible Tourism No Comments Print Print Email Email

Sea turtles affected by starvation and severe dehydration returned to the Caribbean Sea after a brief but emotional liberation carried out by Xcaret Park specialists. Workers found three 8- to 9-month-old juvenile hawksbill turtles with serious medical conditions. and brought them to Xcaret Hospital. The hospital provided special care for more than a year, helping the turtles recover their ability to survive in the ocean.

The sea turtles treated at Xcaret Hospital arrived with flipper injuries caused by fishing lines and nets, damages in the digestive tract from swallowing hooks, skull and shell fractures caused by boat propellers, dog and jaguar bites in the head and limbs, as well as dehydration and anorexia.

In addition, nine green sea turtles came to the hospital a few days after being born with serious health conditions. Xcaret Hospital provided the turtles with proper nourishment that allowed them to grow to their ideal size and, in turn, increase their survival rates. After 12 months of care, the turtles were returned to their habitat.

With a rehabilitation success rate of 67 percent, Xcaret Park in Cancun and Riviera Maya is the most prominent center of rescue and rehabilitation of sea turtles in Mexico. It is an altruistic work committed to preserving the deterioration of marine reptile populations in our country, particularly the species of white or green hawksbill, loggerhead and leatherback.

With more than 30 years of uninterrupted work helping more than 10 million sea turtle hatchlings, Xcaret Park, together with Flora, Fauna y Cultura de México, has the most successful turtle conservation program in Mexico.

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