Turtles in Bali
Over 10,000 baby Olive Ridley sea turtles have been released into the sea in Bali.
This is a conservation effort to help make sure the young turtles get to the sea and boost the numbers of this vulnerable species.
Volunteers went to the beaches and collected as many eggs as they could once they had been laid. These turtles do not stay to incubate or protect their eggs.
Olive Ridley sea turtles are classed as vulnerable as there are not many places that they nest. They also get hunted and trapped in fishing nets. Conservationists in Bali noticed that there have been fewer on their beaches so made a plan.
The eggs are in particular danger as they get poached by hunters and baby turtles can be picked up by birds on their way to the ocean.
By getting the eggs first, conservationists ensured that they would be looked after and wouldn’t get poached.
When everyone released them, they can make sure they get into the sea safe.
Thanks to lockdown, conservationists have noticed that beaches are quieter and cleaner. Nobody is visiting the beach and making a mess. They have also noticed that there have been more turtles all around the world.
It looks like turtles are having an easier time nesting while there are no disturbances. This has lead conservationists to recommend creating ‘green zones’.
They want areas of beaches to be made conservation areas, away from hotels and construction. This would hake the turtles safer and allow more eggs to be safely laid and more baby turtles will make it to the sea.
What do you think we could do to help boost the numbers of turtles? What about other animals?
There are lessons we can learn from Bali’s turtle success, we just need to figure out how to apply it to other animals in other places.