The Ministry of Environment freed 50 turtles today, all of them sired by the carey turtle baptized as Guiby, that last August 30th laid 215 eggs in the Guibia park. In the activity, headed by the minister of environment, Mr. Bautista Rojas Gómez, 30 students from the Pilar Constanzo Polytechnic School of Villa Duarte, whom placed the newborn turtles in sands of the Sans Souci beach, so this way they naturally go to sea.
The rest of Guiby’s eggs continue the process, and the newborns, around one hundred of them, will be freed on Thursday night in the Guibia beach where they were laid by the carey turtle. From there they were transferred to a specially created nest within the facilities of the National Aquarium in order to avoid their predation. The carey turtle (Eretmochely Simbricata) baptized as Guiby, of approximately 70yrs of age, lays its eggs in the Guibia beach annually, reason why the ministry of environment has placed permanent surveillance in the area, to protect the nests, just like the nest of another carey turtle that just a month ago, followed in Guiby’s steps.
Carey turtles are an endangered species due to infamous reputation their eggs have earned as a potent aphrodisiac, as well as their meat and shell, which are highly coveted commodities, thus provoking a diminishing in this species’ population. Thanks to the turtle protection program, implemented this year in the beaches of El Valle, Limón, and Cosón of Samaná, 15 turtle nests of the Dermochelys Coriácea species have been accounted for, of which nine nests have already completed their term, hatching 1,200 newborns to sea. Also, another 75 nests have been contacted, from which 25 carey turtles hatched, totaling 2,521 newborns which went to sea.
Sansouci is a company in the Real State & Tourism portfolio of assets managed by VICINI.
The VICINI family has invested in different economic sectors in the Dominican Republic for over 140 years. VICINI is one of the companies that has contributed significantly to the development and industrialization of the country.
Source: El Dia