One Man’s Efforts Led To A Miracle Turtles Come Back To Indian Beach For The First Time In 20 Years
The story of sea turtles has given us some optimism. Sea turtles have roamed in the oceans for over 100 million years. Unfortunately for them, human’s habit of taking away animal’s habitats have led them to the brink of extinction. Not to forget the pollution we cause to our water bodies. Sea turtles were categorized as an endangered species in 1970. Laws were passed to protect them in the USA and Mexico. This led to the creation of circular fish hooks and special shrimp nets that don’t harm or catch sea turtles.
1How Did They Reach The Endangered List?
Sea turtles have been food for many creatures as they are slow and an ‘easy catch’. The places that they nest in have been destroyed by humans as we continue to discover and destroy the water bodies all across our planet. Pollution and overexploitation have resulted in sending this species on the endangered list.
2Are they coming back?
Yes! They are coming back as a recent study has shown a significant increase in their nets all across the world. This goes to show they are making a big comeback from the brink of extinction. This was all possible after USA and Mexico put these creatures on the endangered list which resulted in fishermen taking more precautions and preventing any harm to the creatures by using circular fishing hooks and shrimp nests that were specially designed as well as mass cleanup projects.
3Why is this news?
The return of the sea turtles isn’t the main story. The main story of our article is a man called Afroz Shah. Afroz is an environmentalist and lawyer who lead what the UN termed as the “World’s largest beach clean up project”. His effort did not stop there but he also personally saw that the hatchlings made their way from the beach to the sea in Versova beach, Mumbai, India. For his effort, Afroz was given the “Champion of the Earth” award by the UNEP (United Nations Environment Programme).
4What did the cleanup do?
It was teamed as the “World’s largest beach cleanup project” and saw dedicated volunteers from Mumbai, India, clean up the Versova beach in Mumbai. It had become a waste dump with the trash reaching waist level. The cleanup project took an astounding 21 months and saw the removal of 11,684,500 pounds worth of plastic from the beach. The dump which was a waste ground is now a beautiful coastline for the turtles to nest safely.
5They’ve been around for millions of years
Yes! Sea turtles have been around for over a million years and only went on the endangered list after humans started destroying the environment. They have been food for many other animals but the pollution of the water bodies and the encroaching on their habitats is what took the highest toll on them.