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Tourist trap

Duration: 01:57

The environmental impact of tourism on the loggerhead turtle in the Mediterranean Sea can be large. A turtle swims, while around it are speedboats, windsurfers and other watersports. But it is on the beaches that they are in most trouble. Loggerheads lay their eggs at night, but only a few will brave the noise and lights of tourist resorts. A turtle digs her nest and lays her eggs on a tourist beach in Greece, while nightclub music plays in the background. Signs ask tourists to keep away from the breeding beach, but they have been vandalised and sunbathers are everywhere. The tracks of a turtle in the sand show that it came partly up the beach and then headed back to sea without laying its eggs.

Available since: Thu 24 Feb 2011

Credits

Presenter
David ATTENBOROUGH
Presenter
Andrew NEAL
Writer
David ATTENBOROUGH

This clip is from

First Eden Episode 4:STRANGERS IN THE GARDEN

4/4 Last prog in the series.The discovery of the New World & the cutting of the Suez Canal intro'd new species to the Mediterranean.Population pressures continue to ravage the land & pollute the sea-yet wildlife still survives.

First broadcast: 29 Mar 1987

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