Endangered turtles surprise Ecuadorian town after hatching unexpectedly

UNTV News   •   September 4, 2019   •   1230

Dozens of endangered baby turtles unexpectedly hatched at a popular Ecuadorian beach in the seaside town of Same on Monday (September 2), the first time it was known to happen in that area.

Some 11,000 turtles were born in Same’s province of Esmeraldas last year, but the shift to new breeding grounds indicate humans were disturbing traditional spawning, an environment official said.

“We understand that it can be because of the amount of light and infrastructure that exists in the common spawning beaches,” said Joel Casanova, the director of environmental management for Atacames municipality.

The low-lit beach of Same, surrounded by holiday homes, suited the Olive Ridley turtle better for their nests, Casanova said.

The Olive Ridley is among the smallest of the world’s seven species of marine turtles, usually spawning on the coasts of Central America, Ecuador, and Peru.

After 25 years they return to the beach where they were born to breed again.

Females dig a pit and lay more than 100 eggs which hatch together at night around 50 days later.

For anyone observing the hatching, Casanova recommends not intervene with nature.

Sanctions have been established to punish those who are caught stealing the turtles.

The local government cordoned off the areas where sea turtles were sighted on Same beach. These little ones hatched on a beach volleyball court.

Olive Ridley turtles, found in the Americas and Asia, are listed as endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, although their numbers seem to be rising in the Pacific because of conservation measures. (REUTERS)

Venezuelan migrants in limbo cross Ecuador on foot in search of lifeline

admin   •   August 20, 2018

Migrants on the side of highway | REUTERS

Venezuelans in limbo by Ecuador’s border are defying a clampdown on migrants, crossing the Andean country on foot to escape an economy in free fall and food shortages back home in Venezuela.

Over a million Venezuelan migrants have entered Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Brazil in recent years. Many have done so without passports, unable to get one in a country suffering from the political and economic crisis.

Countries had allowed Venezuelans without passports to enter with national identification, until recently. Ecuador and Peru tightened restrictions this month, now allowing only Venezuelans with passports to cross the border.

But with thousands of Venezuelans en route to border regions, the measure has left many with no choice but to venture out on foot to avoid detection by immigration officials.

Aylin Aguilar, 26, is crossing Ecuador on foot as an undocumented migrant. She told Reuters that she had sought documents at the border but decided to walk after being told to return to Venezuela.

Dragging their suitcases behind them along kilometers of highway, these three young Venezuelans have their eyes set on Peru, one of the fastest growing economies in the region. But they are taking each day as it comes, unsure of how to cross the border into Peru.

But for these migrants, uncertainty ahead is better than what awaits them back home. Last month, the IMF announced Venezuela‘s inflation rate is likely to top 1,000,000 percent, putting it on track to become one of the worst hyperinflationary crises in modern history. — Reuters

Twelve soccer fans killed in bus crash in Ecuador

admin   •   August 14, 2018

Overturned bus | Reuters


At least 12 people died and 30 more were injured after the bus they were traveling on crashed and overturned in Azuay, Ecuador on Sunday (August 12) after leaving a local soccer match.

The bus was loaded with fans from Ecuadorian football team Barcelona SC as they traveled home from Cuenca after a match against Deportivo Cuenca.

The cause of the accident was still unclear, according to local media.

The bus crashed on the 55 kilometers of Cuenca-Molleturo highway on its way to Guayaquil, local media reported. — Reuters

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Ecuadorean judge sentences crew for fishing off the Galapagos

admin   •   August 29, 2017

Twenty Chinese citizens have been ordered to pay $5.9 million dollars in damages and jail term of up to four years for fishing in the Galapagos Islands marine reserve.

The vessel, which was seized mid-month with about 300 tons of threatened and endangered species, is part of a fleet of Chinese vessels that remain in the vicinity of the Galapagos Islands, threatening its fragile ecosystem.

Ecuador’s environment ministry said the ruling marks a “precedent in environmental legal matters, at the country level and in the region.”

“Tonight, on Sunday, August 27, 2017, this represents a historic milestone. A small country like Ecuador has just won a sentence over a transnational (vessel) that traveled through our oceans. A juridical milestone has been created, a precedent has been created for the environment. A path that can be followed in justice for migratory species has been marked for the whole world,” said Galapagos National Park Director Walter Bustos.

The Galapagos Islands are home to a large variety of turtles, together with flamingos, albatrosses, and cormorants.

There is also a wealth of flora and fauna.

The archipelago was declared natural heritage of humanity by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). —Tito Paz | UNTV News  & Rescue



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