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Volunteers and Sea Turtles in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has gorgeous beaches where sea turtles have been born for thousands of years. But people came and the turtles were not safe there. On the beaches, poachers collect eggs and sell them to tourists, serve them in bars and restaurants. The turtle population began to melt rapidly. Fortunately, the state imposed a ban on collecting eggs in time, but keeping track of all the clutches is unrealistic. And then the volunteers got down to business.

They find turtle clutches and transfer them to protected areas, mark and observe the moment of hatching.

And every birth of new turtles becomes a holiday. A huge number of caring people, as well as tourists, take part in seeing off the turtles from the turtle clutch to the sea.

Usually, the turtle clutch is in the sand for 50-60 days. Then the first turtle appears on the surface and the mass “birth” begins immediately. They are helped to get out of the sand.

Then the turtles are usually collected and waited for sunset, at which time they have the greatest chance to get through the coastal waters, the fish are no longer very active at this time.

Spectators and participants in the process form a living corridor, covering the kids from attacks from the air – crows and seagulls love to feast on turtles.

To applause and screams, the turtles make their first voyage.

And someday they will come back like this.

And there are just gorgeous pineapples and papaya.

And the ants that drag the soil from under the foundations of houses.

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