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The Turtle Egg Thieves

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T3We all know that people kill majestic animals to hack off their tusks and horns, but what about lesser-known animals, like turtles? These wonderful creatures are slowly dying out and the world seems oblivious.

Thieves are taking the eggs of olive ridley sea turtles and by doing so are endangering their existence. As well as thieves taking their eggs turtles have to also worry about the predators that eat them anyway.

At certain times of the year, many thousands of the turtles invade the shores of Mexico, Costa Rica, India, Panama, and Nicaragua to dig nests, each laying around 100 eggs. But even with these vast numbers, they are under threat from human poachers.

T4For villagers, poaching turtle eggs provides a source of income they can’t find elsewhere. “There’s no work,” says one local man. “If there were jobs, why would I come and do this?”

The egg hunters say that as long as the market thrives, they’ll keep finding and selling eggs—unless the government can offer them an alternative.

The people there get a bad reputation because they’re painted as criminals for stealing the eggs but a reporter says, “I think that’s pretty unfair. These are rural, poor communities.”

But it’s not all bad news. In Mexico, these turtles once hovered on the brink of extinction, but conservation measures and a government crackdown on poaching has helped increase the population.

 

Tom, Year 6

Heighington Millfield Primary Academy

5 Responses to The Turtle Egg Thieves

  1. admin December 5, 2015 at 9:02 am

    By writing thought-provoking articles like this, Tom, you are doing your bit to expose the plight of these magnificent creatures. Well done!

    Bill Thompson
    YJA Senior Editor

  2. Toby, Nature Correspondent December 5, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Great article Tom! Did you know that sea turtles leave distinctive marks on the sand when they travel up to the beach to lay their eggs?

    • Tom December 8, 2015 at 10:55 am

      No I don’t

      Thanks for the information

      • Tom December 8, 2015 at 10:56 am

        Oops I meant I didn’t

  3. Louis December 7, 2015 at 8:11 am

    Great article Tom! Let’s hope they don’t all die out.