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Every Turtle Featured In That Harrowing "Planet Earth II" Segment Was Rescued

The @BBCEarth Twitter account reassured viewers that the baby turtles featured were all rescued with the help an organisation that saves lost hatchlings each night.

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Sunday's Planet Earth II featured a deeply emotional moment where viewers saw hawksbill turtle hatchlings leaving their nests on a beach in Barbados, heading inland instead of into the sea.

As a result many turtles are killed each night by traffic or simply die from exhaustion.

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In the show, David Attenborough said that as many as 80% of the turtles are distracted by the lights near the beach.

Or are attacked by crabs at the top of the beach.

Oh piss off will you, crabs and leave those turtles be. #PlanetEarth2

Many viewers became distressed by the sequence and wished that someone had saved them.

Why is no one helping the baby turtles? #PlanetEarth

Why is no one from that town going out on full moons picking up all the baby sea turtles and putting them back in the ocean 😢 #PlanetEarth

However, BBC Earth immediately tweeted that every turtle featured in the episode was rescued.

Every turtle that was seen or filmed by the #PlanetEarth2 crew was collected and put back into the sea.

In a video published on the BBC website, Carla Daniel, the organisation's deputy field director, spoke about why it was necessary to help the turtles.

There are many times that everything feels kind of pointless. What is the point of doing this? ... So this is one of those things where we all have to hold hands and come together and agree to make a difference. Be conscious of the fact that everything has the right to exist.

If there was one single thing I would say is necessary for change, it would be to get up. Get out of the house and do something.

You can watch Planet Earth II on BBC iPlayer (UK only).

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