Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Baby Turtles Invade Anse La Raye

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Dozens of baby turtles Friday evening invaded the fishing village of Anse La Raye, videos posted on social media show.

Residents of the village were seen ushering the tiny creatures that had appeared on the beach into the sea.

Hatchlings in container

Other baby turtles became entangled in nets and were painstakingly cut loose before being  put in a container and released at the end of the jetty in the village.

The Fisheries Department in a statement Saturday to St Lucia Times said it was aware of the videos.

Spokeswoman Yvonne Edwin said the creatures appeared to be Hawksbill turtle hatchlings.

“Baby turtles are very sensitive,” Edwin explained.

Resident ushers hatchlings into the water

“They can be collected, but must be gently placed on the sand or the shoreline and guided back into the water,” she told St Lucia Times.

“They must walk the sand – place them as close to the waterline as possible,” Edwin observed.

According to the Fisheries Department official, the aim is to ensure that they walk the beach and move towards the direction of the sea.

She expressed the view that the baby turtles got distracted by the light from the village of Anse La Raye and needed help to move towards the water.

Edwin said that all turtles are protected under the law.

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  1. Bible in a Year
    August 25
    New Testament Verse of the Day:
    I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.
    –3 John 1:4

  2. I saw something similar some years ago on vigie beach.

    A lot of dead baby turtles crush by cars trying to cross the road going towards the airport instead of the sea.


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