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FACT CHECK: Did ‘Hundreds Of Thousands’ Of Turtles Hatch On Versova Beach After It Was Cleaned Of Trash?

A post shared on Facebook claims that “hundreds of thousands” of hatched on Versova Beach in , after a 96-week cleanup operation there. 

Verdict: Misleading 

While the cleanup did occur, it led to the appearance of only about 80 sea turtles, not hundreds of thousands. One of the photos included in the post was not taken at Versova Beach. 

Fact Check:

The Facebook post shows a screenshot of a tweet that includes two alleged images of Versova Beach in Mumbai. The first shows what appears to be a mountain of trash while the second shows dozens of turtles on a sandy beach.

“It took 96 weeks and thousands of volunteers to clean up Versova Beach in Mumbai, India,” reads the text of the tweet. “The payoff? Hundreds of thousands of seaturtles hatching this week. First time in decades. Anything can be cleaned!”

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