Locals released the turtles on the beach Tuesday at an event to celebrate the 71st anniversary of Indonesia's independence.
In this photo by Firdia Lisnawati, baby sea turtles wait to be released into the ocean on the resort island of Bali, Indonesia. Local people released about 1,000 baby turtles on the beach sand Tuesday at an event to celebrate the 71st anniversary of Indonesia’s independence. Several sea turtle species live in Indonesian waters, and their meat has been eaten as a traditional delicacy. To save the turtles, Indonesia has banned their trade and consumption, and breeding centers on the islands work to protect the eggs until the hatchlings can be released into the sea.