Trinidad: Work on turtle nesting beach was crucial
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Authorities in Trinidad and Tobago said Wednesday they regret that heavy machinery may have crushed leatherback eggs or hatchlings on a section of a prime nesting beach but stressed the work was crucial to redirect a meandering river that was threatening to erode bigger nesting areas for the endangered sea turtle.
Shamshad Mohammed, drainage director for Trinidad's Environment and Water Resources Ministry, insisted the nesting areas on Grand Riviere beach where heavy excavators shifted sand was waterlogged and 80 percent of the eggs were already destroyed.
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