Thousands of Flamingos Turn Mumbai Pink While Humans Remain in Lockdown

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Now that millions of us all over the world are quarantined indoors, wildlife has finally been given the chance to thrive and they are doing it spectacularly.

Keep scrolling to check out the remarkable flocks of flamingos that have appeared in Mumbai…

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 few months, 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 sea turtles are finally able to nest peacefully – And they’re completely thriving as a result.

Sarah Hirsch, senior manager of research and data at Loggerhead Marinelife Center, told WPEC that “it’s going to be a very good year for our leatherbacks.”

“We’re excited to see our turtles thrive in this environment,” Hirsch explained.”Our world has changed, but these turtles have been doing this for millions of years and it’s just reassuring and gives us hope that the world is still going on.”

David Godfrey, executive director of the Sea Turtle Conservancy, told CBS News in an email that, since there are far fewer people boating and operating cruise and container ships now, “the chances that turtles are going to be inadvertently struck and killed will be lower.”

And turtles aren’t the only creatures thriving in our absence.

Wild flamingos have been flocking in Mumbai’s waters and, in particular, areas that would normally be overridden by tourists.

As reported by Science Times, although flamingos have been spotted in Mumbai since the 1980s migrating there between October and March for feeding and breeding, the population is reported to have increased, with huge numbers of the birds photographed chilling on the mudflats of Thane Creek.

And it is truly astonishing to see the number of these beautiful birds appear from nowhere.

And they now radiate a beautiful pink hue thanks to the hundreds of thousands of flamingos.

A resident of the city, Sunil Agarwal, told the Hindustan Times, “Residents are cooped up at home spending their mornings and evenings at their balconies taking photographs and videos of these relaxed birds.”

“The lockdown will at least prompt people to focus on what is around them, which they had been taking for granted, and hopefully this site will be declared a flamingo sanctuary soon.”

So make sure to keep scrolling to read about the impact on turtles here in the United States…