12 October 2021
What was claimed
A major clean-up of an Indian beach led to hundreds of thousands sea turtles hatching along its coast this week.
The clean-up happened over three years ago. At least 80 turtles were spotted there afterwards, not hundreds of thousands. A photo claiming to show the beach after the clean-up, covered in turtles, was taken on the other side of India.
A post on Facebook suggests that a clean-up at a beach in India has led to the reappearance of “hundreds of thousands” of sea turtles.
The post states: “It took 96 weeks and thousands of volunteers to clean up Versova Beach in Mumbai, India. The payoff? Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles hatching this week. First time in decades. Anything can be cleaned!”
The post shows a photo when the beach was covered in waste and another of sea turtles approaching the ocean.
It’s a nice image and the post is partly based in fact.
Versova Beach in Mumbai was covered in waste before a 90-week clean-up effort which led to new sightings of Olive Ridley turtles in 2018.
This article is part of our work fact checking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—here. For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as partly false because the clean-up and turtle sightings happened three years ago, hundreds of thousands of turtles were not spotted at Versova Beach, and the “after” picture is not from Versova Beach.
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