More than 10,000 baby turtles were released into the sea off the Indonesian island of Bali , as part of conservationists’ attempts to boost the population of a vulnerable species and promote environmental protection. Conservation groups carried crates each full of dozens of tiny turtles to the island’s Gianyar beach on Friday and encouraged local people and volunteers to line up on the sand and release the hatchlings together. The turtles, just a few inches long, scurried over the black sand and pebbles as the tide splashed over them. Panda conservation efforts failed to protect other mammals – study Read more “It’s really exciting to see all of these turtles being released into the wild,” said American volunteer Jessica Lieberman, adding she hoped they would survive. The Olive Ridley turtles are among the most abundant sea turtles but are still considered vulnerable because there are few places in which they will nest. The turtles typically weigh 34-50kg as an adult and grow to 60-70cm long. Flavianus Erwin Putranto, a conservation volunteer, said turtle eggs were appearing in fewer places on Bali than before, but programmes to help protect them were seeing success. “We are able to collect and save […]

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