This Massive Beach Cleanup Brought Turtles Back For First Time in 20 Years

This current society is full of busy people around. But no one has time to take care of our environment where we live. The Earth we live is our home. But, many people treat our home like a trash can; they pollute and destroy the beauty of our home, instead of protecting it. Because of the habitat destruction and climate change, a sixth ‘mass extinction’ is already underway. This is what many scientists have noted currently. But, if we try we can make the Earth a better place and turn things around for the better.

If we try, we also can help endangered species thrive once again. Here is a perfect example to prove that we can change things for better.

The “Skinny” On Sea Turtles

The ocean is the home for Sea Turtles for about 100 million years. As shown in the picture, when humans destroy the land of sea turtles, they have had a hard situation to protect their lives. Because of the development and pollution of the beach sides, their nesting sites have also been destroyed. Somehow, some turtles managed to survive. But sadly, they also had to get caught and entangled in the nets and hook the fisheries leave behind the ocean.

But, according to a recent study, 299 nesting sites all over the world showed an increase in sea turtle nests. It might mean that they can be the treat of mass extinction. The research team said that conservation efforts have made a huge impact to sea turtle’s comeback. So, it means taking care of our environment should remain a top priority.

In the 1970s there was a quick declining of the sea turtle population and the Government passed laws to protect these beautiful species. As turtles would have a harder time swallowing, WWF has invented circular fish hooks. They also designed shrimp nets to stop turtles getting entangled in the nets. The two inventions were really great as it has reduced accidental turtle deaths by 90%. They also have mass beach cleanups as a lot of trash washes up along them from the ocean.

This Massive Beach Cleanup Brought Turtles Back To An Indian Beach For First Time in 20 Years

Versova beach in Mumbai, India is the world’s largest beach and it was recently clean up. It was a giant landfill of dirty before the cleanup. It was all cleaned up by many volunteers and now it has transformed into a beautiful sanctuary. This was organized by a lawyer and an environmentalist, Afroz Shah. He has also cleaned up a whopping five million kilograms of plastic in 85 weeks. He also personally escorted the first turtle hatchlings he’d seen in decades from the beach to the sea. He was truly happy for what he did and even brought tears to his eyes.

Before The Beach Cleanup

Image credits: Erik Solheim

After cleaning up the beach

Image credits: Afroz shah

Even though there are conservation efforts, sea turtles still in danger. In the coast of Mexico, recently there were like 300 turtles dead most probably due to the nets and hooks of fisheries. Six out of seven species of sea turtles are highly vulnerable. Even though there are any conservation efforts, we also need to our part. So that we can have a clean and beautiful Earth for every creature in this world.

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