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Sea Turtles Have Started Hatching On Brazil’s Empty Beaches Due To COVID-19 Quarantine

Plenty of sea turtles have hatched on a deserted beach in Brazil, as a result of the coronavirus quarantine.
Normally, the beaches in Brazil are full of people who can often see baby turtles, but unfortunately, this year the state government has forbidden access to the coastline.

To prevent the spread of the virus, residents have been urged to stay at home.

On March 22, hundreds of baby sea turtles came out of their shells and took their first steps, but, unfortunately, no one was there to see this wonderful moment, except for a couple of government workers.

Sea turtles start laying their eggs in January and their hatchlings emerge in March or April. According to the Paulista’s environmental secretary, the moment they break free from their eggs, as well as their march across the beach is something worth seeing.

The City Hall of Paulista has announced that the hawksbills hatching, as well as their first contact with the ocean, was possible because it was under surveillance by technicians of the Urban Sustainability Center.

Sea turtles are considered an endangered species, so Brazil’s Tamar conservation project aims at restoring the four sea turtle species which can be found along Brazil’s coastline.

They belong to the family of reptiles that have traveled our seas for the last hundred million years.
The hawksbills can grow up to 110 cm and weigh around 85 kg and are beneficial for maintaining the health of seagrass beds and coral reefs.

They mostly feed on jellyfish but each species focuses on different prey for food. Hawksbills, for example, consume sea sponges.

These turtles are victims of human actions. They are usually caught in gillnets or ghost nets that are used for catching fish. Also, they are in danger of being crushed by beachgoers after hatching or snatched by birds.

However, the recent lockdown policy has minimized these threats.

Sea turtles are also popular by their rough and jagged-looking shells which have tempted humans to sell them in markets for jewelry. This, in turn, has led to more severe endangerment.

The self-isolation of the human population by staying indoors has allowed nature to rebuild itself.

Source:/photos:  GreenMatterspaulista.pe.gov.br

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