Playa de Maruata

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Playa de Maruata

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    80.4 ha
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  • Coordinates: 
    18°16'N 103°19'W
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Playa de Maruata. 02/02/08; Michoacán; 80 ha; 18°16'N 103°21'W. This site, located in the western central region of Mexico, is a marine-costal wetland which includes three beaches. This beach is of great importance as a nesting site for three marine turtles: the Olive Ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), the Leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) and the Green Turtle (Chelonia agassizii), all of them found under different categories of protection (IUCN, the national legislation and Appendix I of CITES). 20% of the total population of Chelonia agassizii´s reproductive population nests in Playa de Maruata, which makes them vulnerable to predation. The site is a Natural Protected Area dedicated to conservation activities of marine turtles.

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    • Santuario
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