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.
— WCS Newsroom: #EarthStrong (@WCSNewsroom) December 14, 2020
Good news: On Dec. 1, another 8,000 giant South American river turtles hatched in Brazil’s Abufari Biological Reserve.
— WCS (@TheWCS) December 14, 2020
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:
— Yuthika (@yuthikamehta) December 16, 2020
— Rushikesh Maskawar (@Rushikeshbold) December 16, 2020
We’re off like a heard of turtles.
— TheLearningFather (@EricRog94755093) December 15, 2020
Turtles like Brazilian :-)🐢
— Aniket Singh (@AniketS44670227) December 15, 2020
such lovely n rare news..god bless mother earth
— KK (@ForeverKrishnas) December 15, 2020
A tsunami we all would like to see…
— kaustav_bhadury (@bhadury_kaustav) December 16, 2020
Good to see them.
— Support Farmers (@IndiaTrendDaily) December 16, 2020
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.