Now that millions of us all over the world are quarantined indoors, our sea turtles have finally been given the fighting chance to head to the sea and start their lives. However, even without one obstacle, another remains and it may not be exactly what you think it is…
Keep scrolling for the amazing video footage of the turtles on the beach…
Overpopulation, pollution, fossil fuels, and deforestation are just a few of the negative impact we humans have had upon our earth.
Are now looming concrete jungles suffocated by smog and various other toxic, man-made emissions.
Over the years, animal populations have been dwindling, and many species have become fully extinct or endangered as a result of hunting, poaching, and the destruction of natural habitats.
Years of excessive plastic use have come back to haunt us, with a high percentage our oceans simply teeming with discarded plastic.
For the last month, a vast majority of the world has been on lockdown as a result of the ongoing medical pandemic.
And staying indoors isn’t only saving lives… It is potentially saving our environment and our animals, too.
The empty streets have had a staggering impact on our planet.
Now we are confined to our homes, our streets are sparse, resulting in a sudden drop in toxic emissions such as Co2 and carbon monoxide.
Pollution levels are at an all time low.
Since January, many parts of the world have seen a drastic drop in pollution levels since lockdowns were implemented, including New York City, whose pollution levels have been notoriously high for decades.
Mother Nature is thriving – plants are flourishing, trees are blossoming, and various animals are making appearances in the most unlikely of places.
For example, dolphins have returned to the canals of Venice, which were once swarming and overcrowded with tourists.
It just goes to show the devastating impact we have had upon the wildlife we share our planet with, and the extreme lengths it has taken for our earth to finally start healing.
And this has hugely benefited our turtles, in particular.
These beautiful creatures have been impacted massively by plastic and waste pollution in the oceans, with many of them being caught up in large pieces of the debris and, in some devastating cases, being suffocated.
Overcrowded beaches have meant that the turtles nesting routine has been disrupted massively.
Where they leave them to hatch alone.
And, once hatched, the hatchlings independently make their way back into the ocean.
Turtles have been unable to nest as easily as they were once before, and hatchlings have been struggling to make it safely back into the ocean without being captured or killed by humans first.
Nesting beaches all over the world remain void of people and pollution, meaning our baby sea turtles are finally able to nest peacefully.
Footage that has been described as “magical” has surfaced showing over twenty million baby turtles heading down to the sea.
He told Mongabay-India this: “The last time we saw day time nesting of olive ridleys along this site was in 2013. Usually, they come on to the beach for nesting only during the night. This March was special for us as we saw the species visiting the site at night and even during the day, in equally good numbers.”
“The turtles want a clean and dry beach. They have to feel safe. Since September 2019 efforts were on to clean the beach. Due to the debris deposited on the beach following cyclone Titli.”
Times of India reported that hundreds of baby turtles in the area actually died due to getting caught up in the plastic finishing nets that were strewn about the beach. The weight was just too much for them to fight out of.
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