THE TURTLES RETURN

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K'Lani Dondoy

Ever since the new shelter in place order that has been happening all over the world due to coronavirus, many different animals have returned to nature. One of these animals are leatherback sea turtles, the number of them nesting in beaches have recently gone up significantly, ever since the shelter in place.

According to, “Smart News,” Juno Beach had about 21,000 different types of turtles on the beach last year. But only two weeks into summer the Loggerhead Marine Life Center has found and marked 76 nesting sites for the leatherback turtles. This shows a big increase from last year. There is a good chance many of the turtle eggs are going to survive since there isn’t any human life able to harm them. The director of the Phuket Marine Biological Centre in Thailand, Kongkiat Kittiwatanawong, has told, “The Guardian,” “This is a very good sign for us because many areas for spawning have been destroyed by humans.” This implies that humans do destroy nature and ever since the stay at home orders have been in place, nature is healing by itself because there are no humans to harm nature right now. This should be a wake up call for everyone that we should take better care of nature and our world because we are the ones that harm nature. “Our world has changed, but these turtles have been doing this for millions of years and it’s just reassuring and gives us hope that the world is still going on.” Sarah Hirsch told West Palm Beach’s WPEC-TV news. According to, “Good News Network,” if the increasing numbers of turtles continue, it could provide a valuable boost for the vulnerable species.

In conclusion, nature is slowly replenishing itself every since everyone has to stay inside, due to the coronavirus. Nature just needed a little step back from human life so it can heal. We should be more conscious of the things we do that can harm nature. If we treat the environment well, then many species like the leatherback turtles, will return to nature. Hopefully once we are out of quarantine we don’t destroy what has healed.