News from the Natural World: Hawksbill Turtles are fed up of arriving at beaches to find 5-star hotels.
Hawksbill Turtles are one of the greatest of all ocean travellers. Their flattened body, protective carapace and large flippers make them perfectly adapted for long-distance swimming. Also, they have a sharp curving beak and a strange saw-like appearance at the edge of their shells. In addition, these shells can even change colour based on the temperature of the water. Every year they migrate incredibly long distances to their nesting grounds. One travelled over 1,160 miles from the Virgin Islands to Nicaragua. They return to the same beach every year to nest, lay eggs and then return to the ocean. But recently they have been finding a devastating new danger at their beaches… 5-star hotels.
Every year the Hawksbill Turtles would arrive at their nesting grounds only to find a colossal concrete monster built directly on their beach. Furthermore, a swimming area would be roped off with underwater nets and buoys. In addition, the beach itself would be fenced off to prevent any turtles from safely leaving the ocean. They would search for a new beach but their efforts were fruitless. Everywhere they looked there were these huge objects destroying their beaches and polluting the water. The Hawksbill Turtles started to notice that these monsters were full of humans, as soon as they saw this they knew that they were doomed.
Hawksbill Turtles fed up of 5-star hotels
We managed to secure an interview with the spokes-turtle for the Hawksbills, Henrietta. Henrietta said that they were struggling to lay their eggs because everywhere they turned the beaches were being destroyed and polluted by these concrete monsters. We told Henrietta that in the human world these beach destroying obelisks of doom were called “5-star Hotels”. They were used by humans to show off how rich and important they were. Henrietta was furious, her Hawksbill Turtle family had nowhere to nest, nowhere to lay their eggs and her species was standing on the brink of extinction. For the first time, they were listed as critically endangered. All of this so that the humans could go on holiday to escape from the miserable existences that their so-called “civilised society” had created. What nonsense thought Henrietta.
Henrietta and all the Hawksbill Turtles are truly fed up of arriving at beaches to find 5-star hotels.
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