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The Turtles Return

The Turtles Return

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, December 2, 2019/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, video, marine life, sustainability, environment

                                                   Olive Ridley sea turtle (credit: World Wildlife Fund)

Sea Turtles have returned en mass to their nesting beaches in Costa Rica. The Ostional National Wildlife Refuge is a turtle sanctuary. Unfortunately, the refuge is threatened by over-development and mass-tourism which could impact the turtles and their migration. Using aerial drones, the sight or a major migration of sea turtles returning to the Ostional beaches produced a powerful view of these marine animals.

According to wildlife biologists, captured drone footage shows thousands of Olive Ridley sea turtles swimming towards beaches in the refuge. The researchers estimated that roughly one turtle/square meter is seen in the video footage. It appears as if a person could almost walk across the bay on turtle shells. Their numbers may even be under-estimated by only counting the visible turtles and not those still deep underwater.

The video aims to bring attention to the turtle refuge and its sustainability challenges. Organizations such as the Sea Turtle Conservancy and the Wildlife Conservation Association are creating programs to protect the turtles and their migrations.

The goal is to connect local community groups outside the refuge to promote sustainable tourism and commerical development in the area. An animal that survived the extinction of the dinosaurs deserves this kind of public support.

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