A Christmas miracle occurred this week as over 92,000 giant river turtles hatched on a beach in a protected area along the Purus River, a tributary of the Amazon River in Brazil.
Footage of the event has been shared online by the World Conservation Society (WCS). A spokesperson for the organisation said in a press release, "For the giant South America river turtle, birth is an explosion of life, but also it is most fragile phase, in some areas, hatchlings use mass birth to increase their survival. The synchronization of birth allows them to travel together to the river to start a new journey."
While they look tiny in the video footage, giant South American river turtles are actually the largest freshwater turtles in Latin America. They can grow to be up to three-and-a half-feet long and weigh up to 200 pounds, but not all of them will survive.
The species faces threats from natural predators & illegal poaching, where hatchlings and eggs are stolen from nesting sites and trafficked as pets. They also face threats from plastic pollution. An estimated hundreds of thousands of sea turtles die each year from ocean pollution, with many ingesting or becoming entangled in marine debris.
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You can watch the amazing WCS footage below.