Saving the Ocean
Trinidad's Turtle Giants
After local leaders launched a crusade to end the slaughter of Trinidad’s thousand-pound leatherback turtles, the turtles were transformed from shark bait to tourist attraction. Now Trinidad’s beaches support 80 percent of the entire Caribbean’s leatherbacks and nearby villages make a great living catering to the visitors.But then a few charismatic local leaders launched a crusade to end the slaughter on the beaches. The turtles were transformed from shark bait to popular attraction for local Trinidadian tourists. 10,000 visitors a year come to the now famous Matura Beach, and local villages make a good living from the trade. Now no turtle is killed on Matura Beach, and Trinidad's beaches support about 6,000 nesting females a year, 80% of the entire Caribbean's leatherback population.
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