It’s no secret that the level of pollution continues to rise every year. And humanity is the only one responsible for this crime against the planet. The amount of waste people have dumped has gradually gotten worse, and it’s not just affecting us. It’s also affecting other lifeforms on Earth. Just ask the people of Mumbai, India, whose sea turtles seemingly vanished from the Indian beaches for two decades. A major cleanup effort was put in place, but would it be enough to ensure that the sea turtles, which have roamed the oceans for millions of years, would return? Only time would tell.
For over 100 million years, sea turtles have swum peacefully across the entire planet’s oceans.
Over time, human progress started to encroach on these gentle creatures’ natural habitats, forcing them to flee towards safer conditions. This wasn’t exactly an easy mission given the dangerous levels of pollution.
Turtles need air, but their metabolic rate allows them to extract oxygen from water as well.
Sadly, this skill won’t help creatures like this turtle, who’s tangled up in this net. If it doesn’t get loose in time, it will likely starve. Of course, it also runs the risk of getting eaten by a vicious underwater predator, or worse, running out of oxygen.
Unfortunately, pollution has become a major issue, and the sea turtles have paid a high price.
Off the coast of Mexico, 300 turtles washed ashore. Unfortunately, none of them survived. Environmentalists believed that they had gotten trapped inside a stray fishing net, where they ultimately drowned.
Sea turtles swim to the shoreline in order to lay their eggs, which is impossible in all this mess.
This beach in Mumbai, India was unsuitable for nesting, but an initiative by locals was about to change all of that. Citizens wanted to make their beaches safe again for humans as well as sea turtles, but they had their work cut out for them.
Afroz Shah, who’s a lawyer and an environmentalist, led the effort to clean up the grim-looking shores.
As an ocean lover, Shah was determined to pick up every litter of trash and make the shoreline habitable for all life. After all, he wasn’t called the UN Environment’s Champion of the Earth for nothing. And everyone was very impressed by his efforts.