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Mumbai Beach Welcomes Turtle Hatchlings For The First Time In 20 Years

By Aimee Lutkin

Versova Beach in Mumbai has been undergoing an extreme conservation effort in the last two years. Local volunteers have stepped up to clean the shore, which has been covered in trash and waste that's ankle deep for ages. The Guardian reports that the United Nations has described the transformation as the “world’s largest beach cleanup project” ever. And their work has been rewarded with some serious environmental progress.

For the first time in 20 years, Olive Ridley sea turtles have hatched at Versova. The turtle is currently classified as "vulnerable" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, because of environmental pollution like what was common on Mumbai's shore. They're the smallest and most common sea turtle, but all species are threatened by human encroachment and pollution. 

Activists who have been working on the mass clean-up are absolutely ecstatic over their return, led by lawyer and conservationist Afroz Shah: