People working at an airport were surprised to find a large sea turtle lying in the middle of a newly constructed runway last week.
Behind her trailed a few white objects — eggs, just sitting there on the tarmac.
On tuesday a green sea #turtle came from the sea and laid eggs on the middle of the aircraft runway of Maafaru airport in Noonu Atoll. Little she knew that it is no more her home now. Turtles have habbit of returning back to the same location. No more same for them !! pic.twitter.com/xRhgoSkMV6
This is likely not the first time she's tried to lay her eggs here — and it's probably not the last. The Maafaru Airport airstrip lies on what used to be an active nesting beach for these endangered turtles in the Maldives.
"Most of the species [of sea turtles] are drawn to the same area where they themselves were born and where they have nested in the past," David Godfrey, executive director of the Sea Turtle Conservancy, told The Dodo. "That turtle was very likely born and hatched on that stretch of beach ... They don’t just drop their eggs. For the turtle to be dropping her eggs tells me it’s not the first time she came to this shore."
The single image of the endangered turtle on the tarmac with her eggs — shared on Twitter — has garnered a lot of attention. But what it shows is something that all too often goes unseen — something that's happening all the time.