The city of Paulista, in the Recife Metropolitan Region, in Pernambuco, recorded the birth of 97 hawksbill turtles, an endangered species in Brazil

The moment of social isolation is necessary to contain the advances of the coronavirus in Brazil and in the world. Without the possibility of traveling, beaches around the world that were once taken by tourists are now empty.

Because of this, with complete “privacy” and without spectators, sea turtles are being born without the presence of humans watching them. In the city of Paulista, in the Recife Metropolitan Region, in Pernambuco, 97 hawksbill turtles were born last week and headed towards the sea.

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Photo: Paulista City Hall

Not even the local community was able to accompany the birth, since, at this moment, it is necessary to avoid agglomerations – which, in this case, is not good, as it prevents environmental education work. The hatching of the eggs was only photographed by the technicians of the Urban Sustainability Center of the municipality, which has been monitoring the reptiles since 2019. Since then, this work has enabled the birth of approximately 300 little turtles.

“In all, 291 sea turtles were born on the coast of Paulista in 2020, with 87 green turtles and 204 hawksbill turtles. This time, due to preventive measures against the new coronavirus, the population could not closely monitor the birth”, said Herbert Andrade, Environmental Manager of Paulista.

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Photo: Paulista City Hall

According to Tamar project, an institution that protects sea turtles, the hawksbill turtle is an endangered species in Brazil. It can reach 110 centimeters in length and weighs, on average, 86 kilograms. These animals usually lay their eggs from January onwards and the birth of the young takes place precisely at this time, in April or May.

Other places around the world are predicting an increase in turtles due to closed beaches. the local newspaper Sun Sentinel, from Florida, in the United States, talked about the subject with experts in marine life. “What we found is that fewer humans drive turtles to nest more easily,” said Justin Perrault, director of research at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center, a nonprofit in Juno Beach.

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