Source: News & Observer

The coronavirus pandemic has meant empty beaches for the most part, but more for humans than animals. In fact, according to the News and Observer, the empty beach fronts are proving a boon for sea turtles.

“We’re excited to see our turtles thrive in this environment,” Sarah Hirsch said. Hirsch is a senior manager at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Florida. 

Outside of the United States, the same phenomena is being observed. In Thailand, for example, the highest number of leatherback turtle nests in two decades have been located. 

Florida researchers have found dozens of nests near Fort Lauderdale.

“All of the reduced human presence on the beach also means that there will be less garbage and other plastics entering the marine environment,” David Godfrey said. Godfrey is executive director of the Sea Turtle Conservancy. “Ingestion and entanglement in plastic and marine debris also are leading causes of injury to sea turtles.”

Read more about how sea turtles are making a resurgence in the News and Observer.