The Ecuadorian newspaper El Comercio reports that several endangered sea turtles are being monitored closely as they nest on Isabela Island. The monitoring is being done by staff of the Galápagos National Park and the Charles Darwin Foundation.
A statement from the park, reported by the paper, said that this is the fourth year of monitoring and that it will run until June.
Eduardo Espinosa, an expert on marine ecosystems for the National Park, said that during the height of the nesting season, 40 to 50 female turtles can be found on La Quinta Beach and other beaches in Isabela.
“On most beaches in the archipelago, there have been reports of nesting sea turtles,” said Macarena Parra of the Darwin Foundation.
Scientists are worried about humans disrupting the nesting which is why the turtles are being closely monitored, according to park officials.
In many Latin-American countries, the meat of the green sea turtle is considered a delicacy and some fisherman do not seem to pay much attention to their endangered status. One bit of good news: thanks to conservation efforts, the population of female nesting green sea turtles in Galápagos has remained relatively constant at about 1,400 over the years.