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Kay
Kay
1 year ago

Thanks for the honesty. Kinda weird that they let people hold the turtles though

Maya
Maya
1 year ago

So many times I only find out things while doing research for an article after I have already done them. It can be frustrating. However, you’ve used that info to educate others so you really don’t have to be ashamed that you’ve visited that place or touched the little turtles. Unfortunately, nowadays many people exploit trends like protecting the environment or animals and make a business out of these important causes. The more people write about it, the harder it will get for those who just want to exploit it. Thanks for sharing!

Carly
1 year ago

Great information! I’ve attempted to do a midnight turtle release a few times, but it’s always been the wrong season or the wrong weather conditions for the release. I’ll definitely look into this when I’m in Sri Lanka this year – maybe I’ll be able to find the “ideal” conservation-focused place to do it!

Emily
1 year ago

Really informative post and I like that you are honest about the experience overall, once you spread the word then I think that is the best you can do really! Turtles are genuinely one of my favourite animals so I think in this circumstance I too would find it really easy to get caught up in the moment!

Lesley
1 year ago

There are so many considerations now when visiting animals that are “kept”, whether it be turtles, elephants, lions or other kinds of animals. It’s so hard to know what it right, wrong or questionable, and doing the research is difficult because it’s hard to know if what you’re reading is the latest. Good for you for questioning yourself and finding out about a better way to go about it.

Brittany
1 year ago

Cool! I didn’t know what a hatchery was exactly until reading this. Definitely adding this to my Sri Lanka bucket list!

Albína Mrázová
1 year ago

I like your honest opinion. I felt the same when I visited one elephant sanctuary in Sri Lanka. After that, I didn’t want to go to the hatchery, even though it was on my way. I’m glad that you are spreading this.

Diana
1 year ago

Thank you so much for sharing this because I’ve never even considered these issues before and probably would have happily gone to a place like this without any worries. I think what happens a lot of times is people do have the best intentions in terms of helping animals, but like that guy said (about how the tanks were too small), there is only so much we can do to help. So the question is whether our “helping” the animals is worth any damage we’re simultaneously doing on their habitat and lives. It’s a tough balance and I don’t know… Read more »

Rosemary
1 year ago

Thanks for being so honest and open about your experience. It’s not cool to exploit any aninal for profit and unfortunately, this happens more often than we think. As you mentioned, advance research is key! Great read.

Chirasree Banerjee
1 year ago

Thanks for writing such an important post. I think the government has to take an initiative to strike a balance between conservation and maintaining a natural habitat for these turtles. Thanks for sharing this post.

Alexis Rae
1 year ago

I actually really appreciate your honesty here. Animal tourism is a hot topic and I know we all want to do right by the animals. The best thing we can do is learn and grow in these situations. It looks incredible but sad for the little turtles!

Dylan
1 year ago

I can totally understand your mixed feelings on this, and I so appreciate your honesty here! Turtle hatcheries are something I’ve had reservations about before, but I didn’t know enough to weigh whether they seemed to have a net positive impact. I have read about some organizations that shelter the eggs and then return them to the beach and protect the hatchlings as they make their way to the ocean– so technically, they’re not “hatcheries.” That seemed better to me, but I didn’t know that the temperature could alter their gender! At any rate, I appreciate your transparency. (And as… Read more »

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