10,000 Baby Sea Turtles Released into Sea Near Bali

10,000 Baby Sea Turtles Released into Sea Near Bali

More than ten thousand baby Olive Ridley sea turtles were released into the wild last week off the coast of Bali.

And yes, there’s a video

The release is part of an ongoing conservation effort to boost the populations of endangered sea turtles. 

Flavianus Putranto, a conservation volunteer, says turtle eggs are appearing in fewer places on Bali these days, but programs aimed at protecting them are seeing success.

Turtle eggs are often eaten by predators before they hatch. They are also targeted by humans for animal trafficking and consumption. 

Out of the 7 species of sea turtles in the world, 6 are threatened or endangered

Programs like this one in Bali work to give the turtles a fighting chance at growing their numbers.

A few days before this release, Indonesian authorities also released 25 adult Green Sea Turtles that were recovered during a raid on illegal animal traffickers. 

There have been many conservation victories this year already, take a look at this list for more!