Sea Turtles Are Coming Back To Their Nesting Sites After Those Have Been Cleaned Of Trash, And It Really Looks Like We Can Save Our World (14 pics)

Posted in       11 Sep 2018       2152       GALLERY VIEW

Sea turtles have roamed the oceans for over 100 million years, but have had it seriously tough since humans started encroaching on their habitats

When not being caught and eaten in their millions by people looking for an ‘easy catch’

They end up tangled up in fishing nets

While climate change, pollution, and development along beaches have destroyed their habitats

Just recently 300 turtles were found dead off the coast of Mexico, likely to have drowned in stray fishing nets

But things are slowly starting to change. A recent study of 299 nesting sites in diverse locations around the world has shown a significant increase in sea turtle nests

Citizen initiatives like this one in Mumbai, India, are cleaning up beaches to make them suitable for nesting again

The effort was lead by Lawyer and environmentalist Afroz Shah

The UN called it the “world’s largest beach cleanup project,” removing an incredible 5 million kilograms of plastic in 85 weeks

What was once a putrid dumping ground, waist high in plastics and other trash

The beach has been transformed

Into a beautiful coastline where turtles can safely nest

“I had tears in my eyes when I saw them walking towards the ocean” Mr. Shah said

Six of the seven species of sea turtle are still considered to be critically endangered however, so there is still plenty of work to do to ensure that these ancient, beautiful creatures don’t disappear from our oceans forever


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