Beach sights in Isla Mujeres
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Although they are endangered, sea turtles are still killed throughout Latin America for their eggs and meat, which is considered a delicacy. Three species of sea turtle lay eggs in the sand along the island's calm western shore, and they are now being protected - one tortugita (little turtle) at a time.
In the 1980s, efforts by a local fisherman led to the founding of the Isla Mujeres Tortugranja, 5km south of town, which protects the turtles' breeding grounds and places wire cages around their eggs to protect against predators. Hatchlings live in three large pools for up to a year, then are tagged for monitoring and released. Because most turtles in the wild die within…