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Endangered Turtles Hatch On Deserted Beach In Brazil Due To COVID-19 Pandemic

While we humans are being forced indoors for the foreseeable future, it seems that at least the earth is healing itself in our absence from outdoor everyday life.

Without the rampant pollution that comes from human interference on a daily basis, nature has begun to thrive once more in a lot of areas, one of which is Brazil, where 97 endangered Hawksbill Turtles have hatched on a deserted beach amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

Paulista City Hall have this week confirmed the birth of almost 100 of the endangered species, who were allowed to make their way from the beach to the sea with no one around to disturb them due to the current COVID-19 restrictions that are in place.

Due to their tiny size, the turtles are often at risk of being trampled by beachgoers, or being snatched by birds flying overhead.

Credit: Paulista City Hall

But with no humans around to distract them, or to attract birds to the beach in the first place by leaving scraps of food lying around, the turtles all made their way to the water safe and unharmed.

Government officials from the Pernambuco region were on hand to capture photos of the creatures enjoying their journey to safety.

Credit: Paulista City Hall

Herbert Andrade, Environmental Manager at Paulista, said: “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.”

Hawsbills are vital to ‘marine ecosystems and help maintain the health of coral reefs and sea grass bed’, according to the World Wildlife Fund.

Terrific news, we’re sure you’ll agree. Lets hope a few more of the little guys hatch safely and make it to the sea before the lockdown is over.

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