The Mexican Attorney General for Environmental Protection's office announced (Spanish link) Tuesday that it had confiscated some 57,684 oliver ridley turtle eggs in the state of Oaxaca.
The eggs were bound for markets in Mexico City, where they are hawked for their supposed aphrodisiac qualities. Mexican green groups have launched various campaigns over the years to convince Mexican consumers otherwise.
The oliver ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) is a species of giant turtle whose population has rebound slightly along Mexico's Pacific Coast in recently years since the capture and theft of its eggs was prohibited in 1990. The turtles are found in the Americas and Asia, and are listed as endangered under the United States Endangered Species Act. According to the San Diego-based conservation group Wild Coast, robbing eggs seriously threatens the species because even in natural conditions only one of every 1,000 eggs will make it to adulthood.