Brazil’s Turtle Tsunami: Mass hatching of turtle eggs captured on camera

Over 92,000 giant river turtles hatched together along the coasts of Purus River in Brazil. A video of the event took social media by storm and is being shared massively by the name ‘Brazil’s turtle tsunami’

ZEE5 Web Desk

December 18, 2020

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Any animal baby hatching off an egg or crawling is such a fulfilling sight to watch. Imagine tens of thousands of it and you can’t help but notice how it becomes a sea of babies moving. This is exactly what happened when over 92,000 giant river turtles hatched together on a beach in Brazil. The eggs hatched in a protected area along the coasts of a tributary of the Amazon River – Purus River, in Brazil. A video of the event took social media by storm and is being shared massively by the name ‘Brazil’s turtle tsunami’.

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The breathtakingly exclusive footage was released by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Brazil. The video shows the expanse of beach sand covered with tens of thousands of Giant South American River turtle hatchlings. The beach of Purus River, which is a tributary of the Amazon River, was fully covered by these adorable turtles crawling their way into the open waters.

According to the conservationists at Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), a non-governmental organisation, the mass hatching, and movement happened over a period of several days. It is believed that around 71,000 hatchlings emerged on one day, and another 21,000 followed in a few days’ time. The WCS said that their conservationists have been continuously monitoring adult females and their nests, throughout the entirety of the birthing process.

The organisation is currently studying the conditions for such mass hatchlings for better management of such incidents. Brazil conservationists are also looking at improving the turtles’ protection as these are endangered species. The Giant South American River Turtles are in fact the largest freshwater turtles found in Latin America. Popularly known as Arrau turtles, these turtle species play a large role in the ecology in its region by dispersing seeds that helps in the vegetation of the river corridors like that of Purus. Cases of these turtles being trafficked for their meat and eggs were common wild news from Brazil for a while. Even though it has slowed down marginally, complete protection is required for sustaining this rare species.

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