Mother turtles have been observed to come back to the same spot to lay eggs, but have started failing to find a safe spot for their eggs.
Sea turtles often come back to the very same spot they were hatched to lay their own eggs, and mama turtles often travel a few hundred kilometers through the deep ocean to the spot they are familiar with it, according to Science Daily. But for this green sea turtle, that familiar sandy coast is now a paved runway. Because what was once a nesting ground for sea turtles has been converted into a landing strip for the Maafaru airport in Noonu Atoll, in the Maldives.
While turtles usually lay eggs in the sand, this particular green sea turtle, which is already an endangered species, had no choice but to release her eggs on the harsh tarmac, according to The Edition.
Turtles have been observed to come back to the very same beach that they were born in to lay their own eggs. Although what happened to the mother sea turtle on the Maafaru airport was unfortunate, authorities ensured that the turtle was safely released into the ocean and in good health. This wasn't the first time that a turtle came back to the place that was a beach not so long ago to lay their eggs. A source from the Maafaru Island Council said, "Despite the construction of the runway, the frequency with which turtles visit the island for nesting purposes has not decreased."
Turtles often come back to what they see as their natural home, only to find that it's been replaced by concrete. And they are lost with no place to safely lay their eggs so their young ones can come into this world the same way they did.
Death of the last surviving female of rare Yangtze turtle pushes species towards extinction
The rampant development and growing tourism in the natural habitat of animals that need to be left undisturbed are pushing many rare species towards extinction. One particular turtle that is dangerously close to extinction is the Yangtze giant softshell. The last surviving female turtle of this species died in China, leaving only 3 more of these turtles behind. The female turtle was more than 90 years old and passed away at a zoo in Southern China. It belonged to one of the rarest turtle species in the world. With no more female turtles of this species left, the death of the Yangtze has everything but assured the extinction of the species, according to CBS News.
The reason for the female turtle's death wasn't clear as it was seen to be in good health. The day before it passed away, it was even part of an artificial insemination procedure, where ovarian tissue from the turtle was taken for research.
"Similar to the past four artificial insemination activities, the artificial insemination process went smoothly and there was no complications during the procedure," said a Facebook post by Asian Turtle Program. "Sadly the female Rafetus did not wake up and after 24 hours died. The team has collected ovarian tissue and stored it in liquid nitrogen for future use."
In 2015, this very female turtle was seen as the last hope for the survival of this endangered species. In 2015, Wildlife Conservation Society China's reptile program director, Lu Shunqing said, "It now appears that artificial insemination is the only possible option for the pair. The fate of the most endangered softshell turtle of the world is now in the balance."
For years, experts have been warning the world about taking precaution and conserving the natural habitat of species like these. But if proper and timely action is not taken, the concrete jungle taking over the natural habitat of these species will slowly wipe them off the face of the earth, which is dangerous for us all.