Nearly 400 types of sea turtles have returned to their natural habitat, thanks to ecosystem protection work carried out by Caribbean Naval Force crews.
In the midst of the pandemic caused by COVID-19, the men and women of the Colombian Navy, through the units of the specific command of San Andres and Providencia, have managed to safeguard the nests of sea turtles that during this season carry out their nesting process in the northern and southern islands of San Andres and Providencia.
The operation conducted by the navy, which includes the identification, signaling, and protection of the nests and their eggs to prevent them from being harmed by environmental factors like sun, rain and birds of prey, have led to the birth and subsequent release of 384 turtles on the islands of Serrana, Serranilla and Roncador.
These species, including the Caretta Caretta, Eretmochelys Imbricata, Chelonya mydas and Dermochelys Coriacea, are received annually by personnel of the Colombian Navy, who follow their nesting process within the framework of the commitment for Environmental Protection of the SeaFlower Biosphere Reserve.
Currently, there are 108 nests in the islands of Serrana, Serranilla, Roncador, Bolivar and Albuquerque that are being monitored permanently by at least a dozen men of the Naval Institution in each of the islands, leading these small turtles to be born in optimal conditions, and then be returned to their natural habitat, where they have the necessary conditions for their growth, survival and development.
Source: press-Navy of Colombia