In Mexico, more than double the number of Oliver Ridley sea turtle eggs hatched this year compared to previous years: 2,250 vs. the normal 500-1,000 baby turtles hatched. Oliver Ridley turtles are an endangered species, and local media is crediting this record number to the efforts of a conservation group, Tortugueros del Desemboque, as well as the reduced level of human activity due to the pandemic. This miracle has been a bright spot for the community, struggling with Covid-19. While the Oliver Ridley is the most abundant type of sea turtle in the world, it has recently faced extinction with reported declines of 30-50% in recent decades.

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