A nesting turtle was fatally bludgeoned after venturing onto the sand in Barbados to lay her eggs. The heartbreaking incident was shared with followers of the Barbados Sea Turtle Project Facebook page on Monday. The agency recounted what happened, writing:
It was a very difficult day today as we lost another nesting female maliciously. She emerged last night to lay her eggs and while innocently crawling across the sand she was bludgeoned and left for dead.
According to the organization, it was two tourists who discovered the mortally wounded turtle. The agency stated:
She was found this morning still clinging to life by 2 tourists strolling the beach on their first morning in Barbados. Jess and Iraaj immediately realised something was wrong and went above and beyond to notify us. We arrived quickly and realising that her injury was likely fatal wanted to make her as comfortable as possible.
After being assessed by a veterinarian, the decision was made to humanely euthanize the turtle because of her suffering. Before she died, the turtle left her final gift:
In her final moments she attempted to complete her mission and she began to lay her eggs.
The remaining eggs were taken and all 124 were buried in the hope that in a small way her life will go on. She was buried on a beautiful beach.
Anyone with information about this senseless act of cruelty is asked to contact the Hastings Police.
Find the Barbados Sea Turtle Project Facebook page here.
(Photo – Carla Daniel via Barbados Sea Turtle Project FB page)
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