Sea turtles have been in our oceans for more than 100 million years. Six of the seven species that exist — lute, loggerhead, black, hawksbill, olive ridley and parrot — nest on Mexican beaches. Its history and importance for nature are captured in the documentary Sea turtle, feats of a traveler, presented by the WWF-Fundación Telmex Telcel Alliance, with the participation of Mexican and foreign scientists.

Jorge Rickards, General Director of WWF Mexico, referred to the documentary as a window to know and understand the value of turtles in the marine ecosystem. “They share with us the same journey on the planet. Today, six of them are classified as threatened, endangered or critically endangered, largely due to human impacts such as hunting, nest theft, bycatch in fishing nets, pollution and climate change. By studying them and working hand in hand with the communities, we want them to remain on Earth for many more years.”.

In addition, he expanded on the Alliance’s training tasks for artisanal fishermen and on the use of hooks and fishing gear that reduce the incidental capture of turtles. “The Alliance supports the strengthening of marine turtle conservation organizations, such as Grupo Tortuguero de las Californias and Amigos para la Conservación de Cabo Pulmo, and the operation of turtle camps, such as Camp Playa Larga and Don Manuel Orantes, during the seasons. nesting, in addition to high-level management with authorities.

For its part, Marcos Linares placeholder image, Deputy Director of Marketing, Crossmedia & Content at Telcel, commented that “In the case of hawksbill, the use of technology has allowed us to know that they travel 162 km from Bahía Banderas to Islas Marías, both places belonging to the state of Nayarit, Mexico. Confirming nesting on the Islas Marías will help increase the number of nesting beaches that are monitored and managed effectively. Currently, three nesting beaches operate well in the Mexican Pacific: Punta Mita (Nayarit), Costa Careyes (Jalisco) and Isla Ixtapa (Guerrero). Only in them, around 4,000 eggs are produced per year.

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He also highlighted that the Alliance’s priority marine species conservation work has contributed to the generation of scientific information, state-of-the-art technological development, and environmental education activities.

In addition to the use of satellite technology, the Alliance has applied a machine learning model to identify individuals of hawksbill turtles from photos provided by tourists and administrators of turtle camps, thereby identifying 76 different hawksbill turtles. , in 19 feeding sites, along the coast of Bahía Banderas and adjacent coasts.

The documentary includes testimonies from researchers, such as Eduardo Najera, Coordinator of Marine Landscapes of WWF Mexico, who, with 17 years of experience, has worked in favor of the conservation and research of amphibians, coral reefs, mangroves and sea turtles.

With a duration of 24 minutes, Sea turtle, feats of a traveler is part of the series Adventures in nature, and will be available on the Claro Video streaming platform from October 15, totally free for its subscribers.