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Nicaraguan army deployed to guard sea turtle nests

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Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2014-08-19

Some 2,500 endangered sea turtles have made their annual descent on Nicaragua's Pacific coast to nest, protected by soldiers deployed to stop locals from stealing their eggs, the army said Monday.

The first 1,400 Olive Ridley turtles arrived to nest Thursday at the Chacocente Wildlife Refuge on the Central American country's southern coast, regional military commander Jose Larios told the Nuevo Diario newspaper.

They were followed by hundreds more on Friday and Saturday, said Larios, whose troops are guarding a 1,500-meter (one-mile) stretch of beach where the turtles lay their eggs.

Some 120,000 sea turtles of several species lay their eggs each year on the beaches of Chacocente and the nearby La Flor refuge.

The army has been deployed to protect them since 1992, fending off poachers who sell or eat the eggs.

Turtle eggs fetch $1 a dozen for local poachers, but a plate of three costs about $12 in restaurants that sell them as a prized delicacy, the government's chief environmental adviser Jaime Incer told AFP.

(AFP)

Date created : 2014-08-19

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