Turtle Returning To Nest In The Maldives Finds Airstrip Instead, Lays Eggs On Tarmac

Sea turtles use beaches and the lower dunes to nest and lay their eggs. Sea turtles deposit an average of about 100 eggs in each nest and lay between 3 and 7 nests during the nesting season. They excellently return to the same spot year after year to dig their nests and lay their eggs.

It is estimated that only 1 in 1,000 hatchlings survive into adulthood. What happens when a sea turtle makes its way back to its nesting beach only to discover that beach no longer exists?

However, such things can really happen because this problem has occurred in the Maldives. Sadly, a pregnant green sea turtle was found laying its eggs on the tarmac of a newly built airstrip on what was a historically popular nesting site on Maafaru island, in the Noonu Atoll in the Maldives.

As per the local news in the Maldives, the turtle has reached the runway and laid its eggs anyhow, probably confusing the warm tarmac with the warm sand it was expecting. but, it also reports that even with the bleak conditions the turtle was returned to the sea by locals and was last seen in good health.

“Despite the construction of the runway, the frequency with which turtles visit the island for nesting purposes has not decreased.” A source from the island’s council told The Edition.

Several creatures around the world are being pushed toward extinction by humans, through hunting and habitat loss, researchers say.
When an animal loses the natural home or habitat that it needs to survive, its numbers decline rapidly, and it moves toward extinction. It’s estimated that 14,000 to 35,000 species are at risk of becoming extinct, and habitat destruction is one of the main causes.

However, Maafaru airport is still under construction, but the runway already takes up 2,200 meters (7,200 feet) of the tiny atoll, and when it is finished, which is thought to be this summer.

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development-funded airport, which reportedly cost $60 million, was a gift from the United Arab Emirates according to former Maldives president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom.

Sea turtle habitats are degraded and destroyed by coastal development. This includes both shoreline and seafloor alterations, such as nesting beach degradation, seafloor dredging, vessel traffic, construction, and alteration of vegetation.

Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are classified as threatened or endangered due to human actions and lifestyles.

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