Rejoice! Every Baby Turtle Featured In 'Planet Earth II' Was Rescued By The Film Crew!

The heartbreaking scenes of baby hawksbill turtles walking towards imminent doom left viewers wondering why nothing was done to save them

Planet Earth II recently ended, with a magnificent episode focusing on the ecosystem of cities around the world. 

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BBC

The episode was, as usual, outstanding, but there was one scene in particular that broke the hearts of the millions who tuned in.

On a beach in Barbados, thousands of hawksbill turtles hatched from their nests. These turtles instinctively follow the light of the full moon towards the sea after they hatch, but, because of the city’s light pollution, many become disoriented and head inland, towards the danger of the streets.

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BBC

For these confused baby turtles, death is almost a guarantee. Many walk straight into traffic, others get trapped in drains, and some die from exhaustion. They also face the threat of crabs as they traverse the beach. If a baby turtle isn’t walking towards the sea, it is walking towards doom, and as Planet Earth documented, this is the case for many, many baby turtles.

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BBC

As soon as the heartbreaking scenes aired, thousands took to Twitter to voice their concern, and outrage over the fact that seemingly nothing was being done to save the lives of the baby turtles.

Fortunately, the BBC responded with some great news – every single turtle featured on the episode was indeed saved!

Furthermore, the crew teamed with the Barbados Sea Turtle Project to ensure that the same efforts will be made on every full moon, for every baby turtle!

So, if you were as traumatised as I was watching the episode, you can rest easy knowing that no turtles were harmed in the production of this broadcast!