Coronavirus Lockdown Boosts Number of Rare Sea Turtles

The largest number of rare leatherback sea turtles nests have been found on beaches in Thailand left deserted due to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

When looking back at Coronavirus, has there been any positive news that has come out of this deadly pandemic? Well, yes you can argue that not all is gloom and doom! It’s becoming clear that animals and nature are reaping some benefits, as a result of people around the World practicing social distancing and staying indoors. Beaches are abandoned, businesses are closed and nature is getting its time to rightfully restore itself.

Return of Rare Leatherback Turtles

With beaches across the world cleared of people and their waste, rare leatherback turtles which were here for millions of years before humans appear to be making a comeback. These rare leatherback turtles have not been seen in decades and now they have been found nesting on beaches in both Florida as well as Thailand.

Are Sea Turtles Endangered Species?

Sea turtles are some of the most endangered species, seriously threatened by human activities. Nearly every single species of sea turtles are deemed as endangered. Sadly, there are a number of ways that humans are contributing to the decline in sea turtles. Few of these include:

  • Sea turtles are often slaughtered for their meat for food, skin and shells. We went to Bora Bora last last year and were saddened to find out that this was the case in most of the French Polynesia. There are of course laws to try regulate it, but unfortunately it still happens undercover.
  • A number of sea turtles get entangled in fishing gear which is left in the ocean.
  • Sea turtles are also victims to habitat destruction and pollution.
  • Last, but not least it is sickening to think that some humans take fun out of torturing animals!

Link Between Coronavirus and Return of Rare Leatherback Sea Turtles

It can of course, never be guaranteed that there is a link between Coronavirus and the return of these rare sea turtles. However, it is extremely likely that it is closely linked due to the desertion of beaches across the World.

“This is a very good sign for us because many areas for spawning have been destroyed by humans,” Kongkiat Kittiwatanawong, the director of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre, said of the 11 nests they found. These nests hadn’t been seen for the previous five years.

“If we compare to the year before, we didn’t have this many spawn, because turtles have a high risk of getting killed by fishing gear and humans disturbing the beach,” Mr Kittiwatanawong added.

Wild Animals Roam in Cities under Coronavirus Lockdown

With at least half of the world’s population currently on lockdown, wild animals are roaming freely in cities which are usually full of people. Here’s just one example below at Kruger National Park.

In South Africa, a group of lions napped on an empty road in Kruger National Park that was left deserted. The park closed the area at the end of March, due to the pandemic.

It’s great to witness nature and wildlife being restored, amidst this Coronavirus pandemic. If you like this post, go check out my blog post on the link between Coronavirus and the impact it has had on the meat industry.

Let me know, if you are aware of any other positive impacts that Coronavirus has had in the comment section below.

Ami x

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