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THE LA SELVA NATURE RESERVE TO PROTECT TURTLE NESTING SITES !

The Northeast Ecological Corridor along the coast near El Yunque is a primary nesting ground for the endangered leatherback sea turtle. It is critical habitat for leatherback turtles in the waters off the coastline of the Northeast Ecological Corridor of Puerto Rico, including the existing marine extensions of the Espiritu Santo, The Sabana River and Mameyes River.

..Tthree primary constituent elements:

(1) "Migratory pathway conditions allow for safe and timely passage and access to/from/within nesting sites at San Miguel, Paulinas, and Convento Beaches in the Northeast Ecological Corridor of Puerto Rico;"
(2) "Migratory pathway conditions and open ocean conditions to allow for safe and timely passage and access to/from/within breeding sites offshore of the nesting sites at San Miguel, Paulinas, and Convento Beaches in the Northeast Ecological Corridor of Puero Rico;"
(3) "Water quality to support normal growth, reproduction, development, viability, and health."

Three aspects of critical habitat as defined in the ESA: the physical or biological features identified, the explanation of how such features may be essential to a species' conservation, and how those features may require special management considerations.

Leathrback turtle path from the sea to her nest

May 8, 2007 La Selva Beach Leatherback turtle track Photo Sherri.

......FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dennis Klemm, NMFS, Southeast Regional
Office, Protected Resources Division, dennis.klemm@noaa.gov, (727)824-5312; or Lisa
Manning, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources, marta.nammack@noaa.gov, (301)713–1401.

Why this beach? It is all that is left in this area and the most important turtle nesting site in the Caribbean. This is partly due to several unique factors. The wave action helps these giant beasts get out of the water every 4 years or so to lay their eggs. There are no lights nor other disturbances to cause the baby hatchlings to go the wrong way and go inland ( where they die) instead of finding their way to the ocean. The turtles need this beach.

Baby Leatherback hatchling reaches the sea. Only one in 1,000 survive.

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The westernmost section of the proposed Ecological corridor with the town of Fajardo in the background

Above is the overbuilt town of Fajardo next to the newly designated reserve and below is the town of Luquillo with La Selva Beach and turtle nesting site in the foreground.

proposal for the ecological corridor of La Selva Beach and turtle nesting site Luquillo in the background

La Selva, the most important Leatherback turtle nesting site in the Caribbean. Luquillo town in the background. This is the westernmost end of the new reserve.

We owe future generations our best effort to leave them a healthy viable planet. Or as one commenter beautifully put it: "We are patriots when we act not on our own behalf, but on behalf of future generations yet unborn."

You can walk to this beach, from the town of Luquillo ( but it is absolutely not safe to walk here at night). Take a morning walk with a few other people, down this stretch of deserted beach. . When conditions are rough, you should not swim.

The town of Luquillo has several beaches that are calmer and safer for swimming. The Luquillo Balneario is always calm.

Seven Seas Beach in Fajardo is a terrific beach to swim in in all conditions.


Playa Colorada is accessible from Seven Seas Beach through a path.

'Playa Colorado', accessible from Seven Seas beach by a 20 minute walk on a forested path. although when calm, like in this photo you can even snorkel just offshore here, in the winter the waves will crash here and swimming would be extremely dangerous.

 

We owe future generations our best effort to leave them a healthy viable planet. Or as one commenter beautifully put it: "We are patriots when we act not on our own behalf, but on behalf of future generations yet unborn."


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