On Bali, the most popular resort island in Indonesia, a batch of 40 turtle hatchlings were released to the sea this January.
According to Reuters, the turtles are olive ridley and hawksbill species. They were rescued from various beaches in Bali by a local conservation group. The group has been looking for volunteers and boosting awareness of how important it is to protect endangered species.
Unfortunately, Indonesia recently became a hub for the international trafficking of marine turtles. These turtles usually end up in Malaysia, China, and Vietnam.
The good news is that this isn’t the only batch that’s being returned to the ocean. The authorities recently sent 33 endangered green sea turtles back to their natural habitat. The turtles were rescued during a raid on poachers.
Considering that only 1% to 2% of sea turtles survive long enough to lay eggs, the more turtles are released back to the ocean, the better it is for the whole species.
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