Come Sunday night, Trinidad and Tobago will be put on the world stage yet again, this time in BBC’s documentary series Blue Planet II.
The Blue Planet series explores the world’s oceans and the life that exists within them.
In a Facebook post, the BBC released a clip from this coming Sunday night’s episode showing renowned broadcaster Sir David Attenborough along the beach in Grand Riviere, one of the ”densest leatherback turtle nesting beaches in the world.”
Attenborough profiles the challenges faced by the leatherback turtle, particularly due to hunting. He introduces Len Peters, a local who, despite growing up in a community where eating turtle meat was considered normal, began working in the area to educate the younger generation around the importance of conservation of the endangered creature.
You also see snippets of Peters’ educational and conservation work as the Chairman of the Grande Riviere Nature Tour Guide Association.
The episode description says, “In the Caribbean, a community is reversing the fortune of giant leatherback turtles. Their numbers have dropped dramatically, by up to 90 percent in some parts of the world, but here, volunteers are risking their lives to get turtle poachers to put down their weapons and instead protect the beach where these magnificent creatures nest. Through these valiant efforts, theirs is now one of the densest leatherback nesting beaches in the world.”
This episode, titled “Our Blue Planet” is the seventh in the series.
Source: The Loop, December 9, 2017.
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