Crowdfunding: Tortuga ‘The Survival of Humanity’
In March 2018 I went to Curaçao for six months. I have been able to take a lot of underwater shots here and have experienced the problems surrounding the sea turtles up close. Almost all sea turtle species in the world are threatened with extinction. This means that if no measures are taken to protect these animals, sea turtles will no longer occur in the sea in a few years. Not anywhere in the world. Humans are the biggest cause. Our influence on animals and nature is enormous. Because I have experienced this, I want to make a critical wildlife film that not only focuses on beautiful shots, but also really shows the reality of the problems that sea turtles face in Curaçao.
Tortuga, which literally means “turtle”, is a short 15minute nature film. It is about a sea turtle called Tortuga, who has to deal with dramatic problems. Tortuga’s life has different phases, each with their specific problems.Shockingly, her greatest natural enemy is human. Plastic waste, ghostnets and fishhooks together make it very difficult for Tortuga to survive. She is persistent and shows her urge to survive in the fight against all the obstacles she encounters.
We are going to Curaçao in mid-August 2019. This is during the breeding season of the sea turtles. The film locations are: Playa Grandi (Piscado) - Klein Curaçao - Shete Boka - Kleine Knip - Boka Ascension en Christoffelpark.
Article originally published in BioNews25