As best as I could figure, these are Olive Ridley turtles, aka. golfinos, the smallest of the sea turtles. Adults are about 84 pounds and 26 inches. About 25 recent hatchling were released this evening right at the beach where we were staying. BEST part of the trip!
Studies suggest that only 1 of about 1000 hatchlings makes it to adulthood. Life expectancy these days is 50 years.
Protecting nests and ensuring hatchlings make through the first steps of their lives (with training and supervision), is a great way to help save the seriously endangered sea turtle population! #ITTW