Thursday, July 16, 2020

Isla Mujeres Daily News & Events Thursday, July 16

  Here's the webcam LINK, which also has time lapse of the past 24 hours.
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Update at ~9p--Our Northern region of Quintana Roo will remain in Orange status on the Epidemiological Traffic Light thru July 26th. 

Governor of Quintana Roo, Carlos Joaquin, announced he has tested positive for Covid-19 and will be working from home.

Today the municipality of Isla Mujeres reports another four positive cases, for a total of 54, with three deaths and 25 recovered. The Federal site showing yesterday's statistics, when there were had 50 confirmed cases, indicates there were 28 negatives and 10 suspected. The interactive state map showing Active cases by colonia (which is probably also yesterday's data) shows 4 cases downtown, 1 in Chica Salina, 3 in Amplicacion la Gloria, 2 in Canotal, 1 in La Gloria, 1 in Guadalupana, and none on the mainland. Testing recently became more available, with the City's acquisition of 500 rapid tests.

  This is the 3-mile wide comet Neowise at dawn over Punta Sur, which will be visible just after sunset (conditions permitting) thru July 23rd, in the northwest. It was first discovered in March, and originated with the formation of our solar system about 4 billion years ago.
Photo credit to Roberto Fernandez, which was published by NASA on their page "Sky". He has more great shots of Neowise from Cancun (or a nearby boat) here--

From the municipal Urban Development Department,  Desarrollo Urbano Isla Mujeres      
The caption says...In order to raise awareness among new generations about the importance of taking care of the environment, we recognized the winners of the 12th Municipal Ecological Drawing Competition ′′ I am one and a super hero of nature "/ “Soy Una y Un Súper Héroe de la Naturaleza”.
     Congratulations to Silvanna Alexa Barranco Martinez who got first place and Santiago David Dzul Ochoa with his second place. We will continue to boost activities that encourage the culture of taking care of the environment.

Guide to Birds of Isla Mujeres, with their names in English, Spanish & Maya, featuring migratory birds that visit the island, from the municipal Department of the Environment & Ecology-

The turtle nesting beaches are-- playas Media Luna, Angar, Chiapanecos, Acapulquito, Invasión, Aguakan & Bachilleres, on the eastern coast of the island. The official season is May 15 to Oct 15, but the tortugranja begins monitoring in late April, and continues thru the end of October. This year, before May 15th, they had rescued 5 Carey nests with a total of 663 eggs and 3 Loggerhead (Caguama) nests with 275 eggs.
        The hawksbills (Carey) turtles lay early, and are rarest. The most common, and the largest, are the Greens who are called "Blanca" (White) in Spanish (for the underside of their shell, while green refers to the color of their bodies-meat).
       The first graphic says the Greens average 125 cm in length (4'") and 85 kilos (187 lbs). They lay 75-150 eggs, and dine on sea grass in the open seas. They are observed off the coasts of the states of Quinatan Roo, Yucatan, Campeche, Sinaloa, Veracruz, and Jalisco. They are responsible for the majority of nests on the beaches of Isla Mujeres.

 This graphic about the Hawksbills, says their average size is 90cm (~3ft) at maturity with a weight of 80 kilos (176 lbs), they lay 100 to 200 egs, they eat in the reef areas on sponges, mollusks, and sea urchins, and their shells are generally elliptical in shape, and the front area is wider, giving them a sort of heart-like shape. The tortugranja reports that the highest record they have of spawning of a Hawksbill turtle is 237 eggs in 2019.

This is a loggerhead, (caguama), photo by Gwen Cervantes from the Tortugranja page, who laid 131 eggs on Media Luna beach in  daylight in late May  VIDEO    Normally mama turtles come ashore in the dark, in the wee hours of the morning.  The Tortugranja posted...Sea Turtles are very important to the state of Quintana Roo, especially the Caguama turtle, as it is the only place they nest in the entire country of Mexico.

It says the loggerheads usually lay 110 eggs per nest, they live in the Pacific Ocean, the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, they have a varied diet that included crustaceans, jellyfish, fish and includes carrion, their nicknames vary by region, and they shells are 90cm wide by 105 cm long.

It notes that the results depend on the amount of effort and people that support the monitoring and transfer of sea turtle eggs
Cycle of Reproduction. 1 Courtship-migration from deep waters and copulation between males & females. 2. Mating-unions between males and females in a horizontal position. 3. Females come ashore on the eastern beaches to lay eggs, generally during the night.

If you encounter one of the nesting beaches, follow these rules...Don't get close to any turtles, allow the hatchlings to go to the sea, keep your pets at home, make sure not to walk over any nests or eggs, don't litter, turn off any lights, conserve native plants, allow the turtles to pass, and don't consume any turtle products. 

The Mayor toured and reviewed the maintenance and repair work that was done on the street lights that had been affected by a storm. Over the span of a week, they will repair 92 lights that are out of order and 42 lights will be replaced, and 1300 meters of cable will be installed. Today, on Thursday the 16th, they will work along the Caribbean coast, tomorrow in colonias La Gloria & Amplicacion La Gloria, on Monday the 20th in “Sac Bajo”, on Tuesday, 21 in colonias “Invasión” (Guadalupana) “Salina Grande and Salina Chica” and on Wednesday the 22nd ins colonia “Lol beh”, “Miraflores”, “Caridad del Cobre” and “Electricistas”.

The municipal department of the Environment and Ecology imposed a fine on the Hotel Villa Kin due to a drainage of soapy water onto the beach by their employees cleaning and rinsing the terrace floors with a hose. There was no sewage water involved. They were advised that if the soapy water from the floor washing is flushed onto the beach again, the sanction will double, according to regulations.

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Port Authority: About 2000 people crossing to Isla Mujeres daily LINK 

VIDEO whose caption says there are residents in colonia Slaina Chica who are complaining about a lack of maintenance by Aguakan to one of the pumping station because it overflows every afternoon causing bad odors that can be perceived several blocks away, disturbing residents.


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Full moon rising over the Caribbean 
 Just after Sunset--July 4 at 7:22 (sun sets 7:33p)
  July 5      8:18 
 July 6      9:09
July 7      9:53
July 8      10:34
July 9      11:10

 Sunset  7:33-7:26pm (beginning vs end of month)
Sunrise  6:09-6:20am
Painting by Pamela Haase at MVC
Turtles continue nesting in July. They can be observed mating offshore from Punta Sur during this month, and they nest along the eastern beaches. Tortugranja staff and volunteers gather the eggs and incubate them in the sand in a pen outside the facility. Three species nest annually in Isla Mujeres, Greens, Loggerheads, and Hawksbills, and very rarely, a Leatherback will attempt to nest, but generally the sand isn't sufficiently deep.

Swimming with the whale sharks takes place in July, which ends annually in mid-September. They congregate and feed on a 'buffet' of plankton and fish eggs from a type of tuna. Rays are also attracted to the feeding areas.  Photo by Tony Garcia

Delta Aquariid meteor showers begin in mid July, peak on July 31-August 1st when there is less interference from moonlight,  and continue thru August 23rd.

Lobster fishing resumes in July, until the end of February.

Sources for Weather Information:
LINK to Civil Protection Q Roo weather bulletin  (Spanish)
LINK to Mexico National Weather Service (Spanish)
 LINK to satellite images for the Mexico National Weather Service
 LINK to GOES East Band 16 GIF (animation)
LINK to a private weather station on Isla Mujeres
LINK to NHC   

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