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long_ben_pirate t1_iueml7b wrote

Somewhere there a couple freshwater caimans going, "Dude, I can't eat another baby turtle!"


TheGlaive t1_iugr145 wrote

Yeah - like when they plant 10000 trees in a desert, but there is no mycellium network, so they wither - I hope these turtles have their shot, without any cane toad repercussions.


dgtlzefyr t1_iuf6rz9 wrote

A turtle made it to the water


ANGraves t1_iuft1r4 wrote

Take your upvote and never make me relive such horrid events ever again.


Kalarys t1_iufj51g wrote

There will be plenty of selection pressure on these hatchlings, but there has to be a population for the fittest to survive


LordPils t1_iugxkls wrote

When I was a kid I heard that jellyfish live forever and logically I came to the conclusion that this was a problem and would result in the ocean and seas inevitably being filled with jellyfish. This resulted in being very depressed because clearly we are doomed to the inevitable jellyfish tide and then I found out sea turtles eat jellyfish. I became very happy to know this because clearly this meant that sea turtles were our savior. So needless to say I'm thrilled.


Sargpeppers t1_iuhhjqg wrote

Then I found out sea turtles mistakenly eat floating plastic bags they think are Jellyfish and starve to death and I became very depressed again.


psysta t1_iug6q8f wrote

Concerns about them being prey aside, I’m wondering what is being done to ensure there is enough food for them if that is a big enough release to make a difference in population numbers. How do they ensure this doesn’t just cause overeating of their prey followed by their starvation?


Koffi5 t1_iuh35rp wrote

Because maybe 5 percent will survive


Iluminiele t1_iufqio7 wrote

Is true that 1 in 1000 survives into adulthood?

Yay, 6 turtles!


miraculous- t1_iufwj30 wrote

When they hatch naturally yeah, hopefully it will be better if they deadass dump the dumb little bastards right in the water so birds can't eat them


amalgam_reynolds t1_iug8foh wrote

A large fraction of that death count is birds and crabs and such eating them on the beach between the nest and the water. By dumping them effectively directly into the water, they're increasing the survival rate.

Maybe even doubling it? 12 turtles!


EvilTodd1970 t1_iugk1k4 wrote

Next headline: “Amazon Predators Grateful for 6000 Hand-Delivered Meals”


BellyScratchFTW t1_iug17yo wrote

The crocs are going to be very happy about this!


stommekut t1_iuhq0pc wrote

Man this brings me back. My first solo trip abroad a year after finishing school was doing this in Peru in 2007.

I still remember the earthquake that happened when I was in Lima sat in my Hostel the night before getting my flight to Iquitos to volunteer for 4 weeks. I was lucky to actually get my flight.

We patrolled up and down the rivers retrieving the eggs from the beaches on the river banks and putting them in artificial nests.

The people that did this said there was a big issue with poaching so it helped protect the eggs before releasing them back after hatching. I'm sure there where plenty of other reasons too.

It's a shame that 16 years on they still need to do this.


dentastic t1_iuh0hb1 wrote

Do we now need to do this every year or have measures been out in place that should actually enable this level of population increase to be maintained on its own?

I understand we've gotten better at protecting especially turtles but also a lot of other endangered animals, just asking if this is a knee jerk reaction to avoid their extinction or just to rush the process of getting the population back to what it would eventually become given enough time with the new protection mechanisms


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ofclanwalker t1_iugc6mh wrote

splains all the baby turtle pictures


TheNotSoEvilEngineer t1_iufbwpt wrote

See, this isn't helping, it's interfering. There is a reason they nest and produce dozens and dozens of eggs. Natural selection says only the fitest/ lucky make it the water past the predators. This will only produce lazier species that will have a mass die off when people don't assist them again.


Oekogott t1_iufx5kf wrote

Evolution doesnt happen that fast. Turtles will be for a long time able to find food without assistance.


PanisBaster t1_iugi19f wrote

Was just in Mexico on a nesting beach and the locals would come down and grab all the babies, put them all in a bucket and release them in the ocean all together. We were worried about touching them but after some time we were all in. Seems like that eliminates a lot of their predators by doing this.

We would find some of the baby turtles going the wrong way in the morning because of the lights.

Seems to me that in the USA we put these laws to not touch the turtles so the enforcement officers don’t have to make a choice wether people are poaching or not.


immaownyou t1_iugg4fw wrote

Climate change has been hurting turtle populations because the gender of a turtle is determined by the temperature of the egg in the nest. With rising temperatures less boy turtles are being born


stommekut t1_iuhqy4d wrote

So damaging the planet with pollution, global warming, over hunting/fishing wildlife is ok but fuck the absolite minority that wan't to take the time to help a small % of a species a helping hand aye?

The reason most of these species need help is because we as a species are fucking up their planet.