Turtle tunnels save turtle lives in Japan!

Turtle tunnels save turtle lives in Japan!

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turtles! The Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe has teamed up with West Japan Railway Company to ensure that the turtle traffic crossing the railway tracks does not become turtle soup on the railway tracks.

The municipal aquarium attracts thousands of visitors by train every year. Because of it’s close proximity to the ocean, there is a lot of turtle traffic from May-September when turtles are most active. This meant that many turtles were getting caught between the railroad switches as they tried to cross the tracks. Bad news for these resplendent reptiles.

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Thanks to the innovative efforts made by the park and the railway, the turtles can now make a safe journey by way of passageways underneath the tracks!  Railroad staff are also checking the walkways every month and sending any trapped creatures to the aquarium.

Naoki Kamezaki, head of Suma Aqualife Park, said that saving the turtles is a "refreshing feeling," according to Huffington Post Japan.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJZU5wiZmoE

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