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Endangered turtles hatch ‘peacefully’ in the beach, thanks to Brazil’s safety measures

Weeks after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic, efforts from different countries were made to slow down the rate of infection. Because of these efforts set by the government and other health officials, multiple reports surfaced about its positive impact on the environment and wildlife.

For instance, last March 22, residents of Pernambuco, Brazil witnessed the “rare sighting” of 97 endangered Hawksbill sea turtles hatching on the beach without any disturbance from people.

Why is this occurrence so special? 

According to World Wildlife, the specie is classified as one that’s critically endangered but is fundamental in marine ecosystems and maintaining the health of coral reefs and seagrass beds. And during a typical day, these baby turtles have a high risk of being stepped on by beachgoers and eaten by hungry birds. However, thanks to the quarantine measures enacted in Brazil, these young reptiles were able to freely walk to the shore of the beach.

Photo credit: Grupo JCPM

The government officials of the Paulista City Hall took some photographs showing the moment these little creatures moved towards the ocean to secure their safety.

Photo credit: Grupo JCPM

In an interview with LAD Bible, Herbert Andrade, Environmental Manager at Paulista, explained: “In all, 291 sea turtles were born on the coast of Paulista in 2020, with 87 green turtles and 204 hawksbill turtles. This time, due to preventive measures against the new coronavirus, the population was unable to closely monitor the birth.”

Photo credit: Grupo JCPM

Here’s to hoping we get to see another event like this again soon!

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