11 Jul '12, 5am

Beach Workers Crush Thousands of Endangered Turtles

The Caribbean nation of Trinidad & Tobago has long been favorite visiting spot for a host of marine life, like endangered leatherback turtles , which arrive in droves each year to lay their eggs in the islands' sandy coastline. But, following a disturbing incident recently in which thousands of turtles were mistakenly crushed by heavy machinery, the already imperiled species there has suffered yet another major setback. Last week, government workers were bulldozing on Grand Riviere beach to redirect an estuary nearby to a popular nesting site for leatherback turtles when tragedy struck . According to witnesses, the heavy machine operators appeared to mistakenly dig along too large a swath of the beach, causing them to stir up and crush as many as 20 thousand turtle eggs that were only days away from hatching. "For some reason they dug up the far end of the beach, absolutel...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/endangered-species/beach-worker...

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