Special Tunnels Save Turtles From Train Deaths In Japan

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Photo Credit: Suma Aqualife Parl

The Suma Aqualife Park in Kobe, Japan is no stranger to turtle traffic. Every summer from May to September, hundreds of reptiles make their way to and from the nearby ocean. While most manage to cover the short distance safely, a handful get trapped inside the railway tracks that lie between the ocean and the popular park.

According to the aquarium officials, as the turtles are trying to cross the tracks, a few fall in. Unable to climb out, they start to walk along the track. The problem arises when a trapped turtle is close to a railroad switch that is in the process of shifting to accommodate an incoming train. As the point blades move, they crush and kill the reptiles.

Photo Credit: Suma Aqualife Park

To save the precious animals, the Suma Aqualife Park officials teamed up with engineers from West Japan Railways to create 'turtle' tunnels. The U-shaped concrete ditches that have been built close to the treacherous switches provide a place for the turtles to slip into and protect them from the point blades. The tunnels also help prevent costly train delays that occur every time a reptile gets caught in the switch.

Since the five concrete tunnels were installed at the two closest railway stations in April and November, railroad personnel have scooped up ten turtles from the ditches and delivered them safely to the aquarium. As Naoki Kamezaki, the head of Suma Aqualife Park succinctly puts it, saving the turtles is a "refreshing feeling."

Resources: Huffingtonpost.com, metro.co.uk,citylab.com, japantimes.co.uk

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  • wolfieland
    wolfielandWednesday, May 5, 2021 at 9:33 am
    Yay finally!
    • kittylover111
      kittylover111Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 8:41 am
      I'm a kitty lover, but I also love turtles! #SaveAllTheAnimals
      • obamachan420
        obamachan420Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 6:11 am
        imagine roly polys are better
      • malandeive
        malandeiveThursday, January 7, 2021 at 1:34 pm
        that third turtle that got down in the tunnel in the video is so poor cause be is upsidown poor thing
        • malandeive
          malandeiveThursday, January 7, 2021 at 1:34 pm
          #saveturtles
        • science_lover
          science_loverWednesday, November 4, 2020 at 8:16 am
          These poor little turtles are so cute. Thank god they saved them, and how can you not they’re so cute. #SaveTurtles #MakeTheWorldBetter #SaveAnimals 😊 😊 😊
          • ultrajango
            ultrajangoThursday, June 11, 2020 at 11:00 am
            we have box turtles in our backyard and they are SO CUTE!!!
            • sikowitz
              sikowitzMonday, May 18, 2020 at 8:54 pm
              My dad lived in Japan and I saved a turtle too and I kept it and named it shelly
              • science_lover
                science_loverWednesday, November 4, 2020 at 8:17 am
                That’s such a cute name! I want a turtle, but I can’t get one. 😕😊😊
              • sikowitz
                sikowitzMonday, May 18, 2020 at 8:49 pm
                My dad grew up in japan
                • sikowitz
                  sikowitzMonday, May 18, 2020 at 8:48 pm
                  I am so excited that they were saved I actually have a turtle of my own it is a box turtle
                  • ultrajango
                    ultrajangoThursday, June 11, 2020 at 11:01 am
                    we have box turtles in our backyard
                  • logitechch
                    logitechchFriday, March 6, 2020 at 5:40 am
                    im glad there aok
                    • jango
                      jangoTuesday, February 25, 2020 at 6:07 am
                      i think the Suma Aqualife Park could have made the sides rounder so that the adorable turtles slid down instead of falling but at least less precious turtles die #TurtlesAreCute
                      • xtend12fghjk
                        xtend12fghjkThursday, December 24, 2020 at 11:32 pm
                        Agreed.