1 Tahrcountry Musings: Loggerhead turtles being pushed towards extinction

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Loggerhead turtles being pushed towards extinction

Unbridled tourist inflow in to Greece’s National Marine Park of Zakynthos, is pushing the Mediterranean’s largest nesting population of loggerhead turtles(Caretta caretta) towards extinction. The National Marine Park of Zakynthos normally hosts between 800 and 1,100 nests from the end of May to the end of July. Local businessmen installed hundreds of umbrellas and sun beds above the authorised limit on the beaches. It is a free for all on the beaches with unauthorised cafes, bars and parking areas springing up. Vehicles zip past quite unconcerned about this highly endangered animal. WWF wants the EU to urgently enforce European laws protecting endangered species. Marine turtles are very sensitive to human disturbances.

1 comment:

prasanth Kodai said...

EU guys what is happening. Act fast