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.
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).
Working with the local schools and community
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.