SPOTLIGHT ON: GALLITO MARINOS
Monday, July 8, 2019
The beaches of Costa Palmas are home to creatures of all sizes, including the Least Tearn, or Gallito Marino in Spanish. These grey and white sea birds lay their eggs in the warm Baja sand during the months of May to September. Recently, Jose “Pepito” Manriquez from the Aventura Team was able to capture some incredible shots of these Baja birds both in and out of their shells.
The native Gallito Marinos are treated as VIPs on the Costa Palmas beach. The Programa de Protección de Gallito Marino (Least Tern Protection Program) began 4 years ago and provides a safe, protected space for Gallito Marinos to lay their eggs. Overseen by Sc.D. Graciela Tiburcio, Technical Responsible for the Wildlife Research and Conservation Program in Los Cabos, at present, there are approximately 90 eggs within the program that are supervised daily by a member of the Aventura Team who assures that the eggs are safe.
The eggs take approximately 21 days to hatch, at which point the newborn Gallito Marinos are measured and banded for future tracking. While not currently on the list of extinct animals, Gallito Marinos are extremely important to the eco-system and Costa Palmas is dedicated to supporting the wellbeing of every member, large and small, of our community.