Government Workers On Trinidad Beach Crush Endangered Sea Turtle Eggs
An estimated 20,000 leatherback turtle eggs were crushed recently on Trinidad Beach by heavy machinery.
This beach is one of the most densely packed nesting areas of the leatherback, the largest of all sea turtles.
Government workers were attempting to redirect the Grand Riviere, which is a constantly shifting river that proved to be a threat to a tourist hotel which is widely used to observe these endangered turtles laying their eggs.
Sherwin Reyz, a member of the Grand Riviere Environmental Organization said the eggs ween’t crushed by the bulldozer were eaten by scavengers.
“They had a very good meal. I was near tears,” said Reyz, who helped save hundreds of hatchlings that were uninjured when they were dredged up by the heavy machinery. “It was a disgusting mess.”
The Papa Bois Conservation group said the government allowed the crew to operate a bulldozer and an excavator “without any qualified supervision”
“It is important to investigate how this was allowed to happen, and to find a solution so this won’t reoccur,” the group said in a statement posted Tuesday to its Facebook page.
Although it’s unclear how this disaster will affect the leatherback turtle population, turtle conservationists have said the natural movement of the ocean could repair the beach in just a few months.