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20130621 TurtlesIt's been a long time coming, but they're back by the thousands—the Kemp's Ridley seat turtles. At approximately 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, an estimated 5,000 Kemp's Ridley nesting females were registered at the beach of Rancho Nuevo, Tamps., Mexico during an "arribada." The event 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 offspring's chance of survival. Field crews served as guardians over the event until early the following morning ensuring that all females laid their eggs on the beach. In 1966, Mexico recognized the importance of protecting the main nesting beaches on their 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 have worked to save the species from extinction. For more information on the project, visit www.seaturtleinc.org.

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