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‘Turtle tsunami’: Over 92,000 river turtles hatch on Brazilian beach

The mass emergence took place in Abufari Biological Reserve and as per a WCS press release, conservationists have been monitoring adult females and their nests before, during, and after the birth of the hatchlings.

By: Trends Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 18, 2020 6:32:19 pm
River turtles, Mass hatching, Brazil, Purus River, Amazon River, Mass turtle hatching brazil beach, mass turtle hatching viral video, Giant river turtle hatching, Abufari Biological Reserve, Wildlife Conservation Society, viral video, Trending news, Indian Express newsThe Giant South American River Turtles, also known as Arrau largest freshwater turtle in Latin America. The species plays a pivotal ecological role by dispersing seeds that helps in the vegetation of the river corridors.

Over 92,000 giant river turtles hatched on a beach in a protected area along the Purus River, a tributary of the Amazon River in Brazil, and a video of the event is being widely shared on social media.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), a non-governmental organisation, released footage of the Giant South American River Turtles emerging on the beach in Brazil.

According to WCS Brazil conservationists, the mass emergence occurred over several days. While around 71,000 hatchlings emerged on one day, another 21,000 hatched a few days later.

The mass emergence took place in Abufari Biological Reserve and according to a WCS press release, conservationists have been monitoring adult females and their nests before, during, and after the birth of the hatchlings.

Take a look at some of the reactions to the video here:

WCS is reportedly studying the conditions for mass hatchlings to help improve management and protection of this endangered species, which has been impacted by the trafficking of their meat and eggs.

The Giant South American River Turtles, also known as the Arrau turtles, are the largest freshwater turtles in Latin America. The species plays a pivotal ecological role by dispersing seeds that helps in the vegetation of the river corridors.

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