Santo Domingo.- Townsfolk trained to manage and monitor turtles nesting across the country on Sunday reported finding more than 50 new eggs at Manresa beach, 13 kilometer west of the capital.
The Environment Ministry said it immediately sent Coastal and Marine Dept. technicians to identify the nests of the endangered species to protect its reproduction.
“This occurrence in the Dominican Capital eloquently shows the population’s awareness and involvement in the issue since they’ve been empowered decidedly with the authorities to preserve the species on the road to disappearance,” Environment said in a statement.
It said once the community members saw fishermen stalking the turtle they notified Environment rangers who arrived to protect the eggs and transport them to the National Aquarium, where they’ll be kept before being returned to the beach for hatching.
"The eggs are under incubation at the aquarium, where their temperature is taken daily…," said Christian De la Rosa, of the Ministry’s Endangered Species Program.