Turtles in Greece thrive as result of coronavirus lockdown and downturn in tourism

August 13, 2020
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A key population of turtles that nests on a Greek island has been given a rare respite from the pressures of tourism by the downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

The unusual lack of human interference has produced one of the best years on record for the number of nests dug by female loggerhead turtles on Zakynthos, with conservationists counting more than 1,500.

Loggerheads are just the latest animals to have benefited from the absence of humans, along with pumas in South America and wolves and deer in Europe.

Beaches on the Ionian island are the most important nesting sites for loggerhead turtles in the entire Mediterranean but at the same time Zakynthos is a hugely popular tourist destination….

Story Source: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/07/30/turtles-greece-thrive-result-coronavirus-lockdown-downturn-tourism/

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