Bali releases sea turtles in conservation effort

Courtesy APTN

BALI, Indonesia (WTHR) - Authorities in the tourist island of Bali, Indonesia are trying to make amends after admittedly neglecting its turtle population.

For years and years baby turtles were poached for profit with little enforcement of laws to protect them.

Conservationists wanted to show that things are different.

Eighty baby sea turtle hatchlings were released into the ocean on Friday.

Children were given big roles in the release.

They were given individual turtles in a banana leaf filled with water.

The Olive Ridley sea turtles are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature red list.

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