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Thread: 20,000 Leatherback Sea Turtle Eggs Have Been Crushed by Bulldozers

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    Unhappy 20,000 Leatherback Sea Turtle Eggs Have Been Crushed by Bulldozers

    Up to 20,000 Leatherback Sea Turtle Eggs Have Been Crushed by Bulldozers on the Caribbean Island of Trinidad.

    Thousands of leatherback sea turtle hatchlings and eggs were crushed over the weekend by bulldozers and excavators used to divert a river on the Caribbean island of Trinidad.

    "Unfortunately the engineers in charge bulldozed a far greater portion of beach than necessary, and they did destroy many viable nests," the Papa Bois Conservation group posted on its Facebook page. It wasn't immediately clear how much of an impact the tragedy would have on the critically endangered species, but the group noted that it happened on "the world's most densely populated leatherback nesting beach. Papa Bois said it wasn't opposed to diverting the river, since it had been eroding not only a local eco-tourist hotel but the nesting area itself. But it noted that the work was done without supervision by "any of the local turtle protection groups." It also didn't blame the equipment operators, but those "higher up" who told the crews where to work -- "not one of whom was on site to make sure the works were done with as little damage as possible," the group added. "There was no coordination, no leadership."

    Sherwin Reyz, a member of the Grand Riviere Environmental Awareness Trust, saved some 500 hatchlings but estimated that up to 20,000 eggs were crushed or consumed by vultures and stray dogs that quickly moved in to eat the remains. "They had a very good meal. I was near tears," Reyz told the Associated Press. "It was a disgusting mess."

    Female sea turtles return to the beaches where they were born to dig sandy nests and incubate eggs. Leatherbacks lay about 100 eggs at a time, but not even 1 percent survive to adulthood. Leatherbacks are the largest sea turtle species -- some more than 7 feet long and weighing 2,000 pounds. They can live 100 years. They are also one of seven species of sea turtles, all of which are endangered due to reduced habitat, human consumption of eggs and even being caught up in fishing gear. The Trinidad hotel owner who had been asking the government to redirect the Grand Riviere River said he was shocked by how it was handled.

    "For some reason they dug up the far end of the beach, absolutely encroaching into the good nesting areas," Piero Guerrini, an Italian who owns Mt. Plaisir Estate Hotel, told the Associated Press. "This could have been avoided with a much wiser approach. But it was done too late and it was done in the wrong way."

    Guerrini's hotel was full of tourists who had come to this Caribbean country to see the tiny leatherback hatchlings head for the sea. Instead they saw hatchlings dying in front of their eyes. "This really put a lot of bad images in people's minds," he added.

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    Im going to go cry into my coffee now :'( I love seaturtles, this hurts so much


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    That is absolutely horrible! those poor turtles! if turtles go extinct this year we know who to blame. geez im crying this is sssssooooo sssaaaaddddd! :*(

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    It's quite shocking that stuff like this happens a lot and no one does anything. Are police, judges,
    mayors, etc. so useless that they can't CHARGE THESE PEOPLE and hold them accountable for
    this sort of shit? I think an endangered species is a little more important than some mall, hotel,
    resort or whatever the heck they were planning to build in that area.
    If it were up to me, I'd have them owe $200 for each egg they crushed to go directly towards protecting
    these turtles and creating reserves and parks to keep irresponsible assholes like these AWAY.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kanti View Post
    , I'd have them owe $200 for each egg they crushed to go directly towards protecting
    these turtles and creating reserves and parks to keep irresponsible assholes like these AWAY.
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    Wow so sad! Was this bulldozing necessary?

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    "they did destroy many viable nests"


    Viable!? Grrrrrrr

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    *Cries* Poor baby sea turtles...

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    Quote Originally Posted by spottedcatfish View Post
    Wow so sad! Was this bulldozing necessary?

    Diverting the river was necessary because it was eroding the nesting area. How the bulldozing went about was not. The company that did the bulldozing is entirely at fault, yet the local turtle conservation groups should have know about the bulldozing and taken measures to inform the higher ups of the possiblity of destroying the nesting area.
    Tenacity.

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    so, they were bulldozing to help stop the erosion of the nesting areas... but killed a majority of the nesting area instead?
    seems legit.

    i hate how irresponsible and idiotic people are.

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    My friend and I saved a baby sea turtle from a fishing net washed up on the beach one day and to hear that careless people just want to run over their nesting areas hurts. How would they feel if someone ran over their childeren with a bulldozer?!
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    Aw the turtles. This is so sad!

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