June updates

Hatching
Going on the beach to watch baby turtles hatching is a unique experience. Last week, the Local Ocean Trust team and lucky passers-by witnessed a hatchling release on Watamu beach. We all watched in awe as they came out in an explosion and headed off very quickly to the ocean. They all made it into the ocean. All traffic stopped on the beach to watch them make their long way down to the ocean and swim away.
Hatchling emergenceRush to the seaseeing the world for the first time
Poaching
In recent weeks, sea turtles and other marine life continue to suffer from the effects the oil gushing unchecked since April 20 from a ruptured wellhead on the floor of the Gulf off Louisiana.
In Watamu, the local sea turtle population especially the green turtles are threatened as a result of poaching for their meat. During a patrolling session, remains of seven green turtles were found.
On the 11th of June, a sea turtle poacher was caught ‘ red handed’ with remains of a green turtle that had just been slaughtered. This was during one of our patrols done in collaboration with the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS).
carapaces of slaughtered green turtlesLocal Ocean Trust team
Fresh turtle plastron and flippersJohn- an Intern from Egerton university ( holding the turtle flipper), KWS rangers and the turtle poacher
Working with the local schools and community
Beach cleanup
On the 12th of June, we participated in a beach cleanup exercise in collaboration with A Rocha Kenya. Over 100 schoolchildren and members of the community took part in the day’s events. Almost half a ton of garbage was collected.
Other recreational activities like games and poems from the schoolchildren made this day worth while.
School children during the beach cleanupGarbage collected 'takataka'Tug of war

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