In coordination with Suma Aqualife Park, the West Japan Railway Company in Kobe came up with a wonderful plan to keep turtles safe from the tracks while the trains pass through them. Slow-moving turtles are now safe and do not fall under the risk of being crushed under the wheels of trains. Due to turtles coming under trains, both lives are lost as well as delays are caused as the rail-switching mechanisms get spoilt. Now, due to the tiny channels located underneath the tracks, this problem is avoided and also, the turtle’s lives are saved.
They are also known as ecoducts or wildlife crossings. By making use of these innovative structures, both precious lives are saved as well as problems are eliminated. Japan and its railways have set an example that technology and wildlife can co-exist without compromise. The world has to learn a few lessons from Japan!