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Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013 10:24 pm

At approximately 4 p.m. on June 6, an estimated 5,000 Kemp’s ridley nesting female sea turtles were registered at the beach of Rancho Nuevo, Tamaulipas, Mexico during an “arribada.”

An arribada occurs in only two species of sea turtles, the Olive ridley and Kemp’s ridley, and is a synchronized nesting phenomenon where nesting females gather to lay their eggs in order to increase the offsprings’ chance of survival.

Field crews worked tirelessly until early the following morning ensuring that all females laid their eggs on the beach of Rancho Nuevo.

In 1966, Mexico recognized the importance of protecting the main Kemp’s ridley nesting beaches on its coast. Almost 50 years after arribadas were seldom seen because of a dwindling Kemp’s ridley population, government agencies in both the United States and Mexico worked together along with concerned citizens and groups and have helped save the Kemp’s ridley from extinction.

For more information on the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle project visit: www.seaturtleinc.org.

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