Japanese have brilliant idea to protect turtles from dying on rail tracks

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Japanese Have Brilliant Idea To Protect Turtles From Dying On Rail Tracks

Turtles tend to move at a slower pace so crossing over train tracks can be dangerous.

In addition to not being able to quickly dodge coming trains, they are known to get trapped at junctions and sometimes smashed to death when the rail switches activate.

In order to protect the animals and prevent further train disruptions in Nara Prefecture, West Japan Railways has installed five trenches near junctions where the turtles can safely pass under the rails.

Since the project's launch, 10 turtles have been safely removed from harm.

Officials have been checking the troughs for stranded animals every month.

The new system was devised with help from the Suma Aqualife Park.

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Japanese have brilliant idea to protect turtles from dying on rail tracks
KUTA, BALI, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 17: A boy pours water over a sea turtle before Indonesian Marine Police release them at Kuta Beach on September 17, 2015 in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian Marine Police seized 45 turtles from illegal poachers on a ship in the North Bali waters during an operation on September 16th. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
KUTA, BALI, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 17: Sea turtles wait to being released at Kuta Beach on September 17, 2015 in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian Marine Police seized 45 turtles from illegal poachers on a ship in the North Bali waters during an operation on September 16th. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
KUTA, BALI, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 17: A sea turtle walks to the sea after being released by Indonesian Marine Police at Kuta Beach on September 17, 2015 in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian Marine Police seized 45 turtles from illegal poachers on a ship in the North Bali waters during an operation on September 16th. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
KUTA, BALI, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 17: A foreign tourist sprays water over sea turtles before Indonesian Marine Police release them at Kuta Beach on September 17, 2015 in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian Marine Police seized 45 turtles from illegal poachers on a ship in the North Bali waters during an operation on September 16th. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
KUTA, BALI, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 17: A woman touches the head of a sea turtle before Indonesian Marine Police release them at Kuta Beach on September 17, 2015 in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian Marine Police seized 45 turtles from illegal poachers on a ship in the North Bali waters during an operation on September 16th. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
KUTA, BALI, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 17: Members of Indonesian Marine Police prepare to release sea turtles at Kuta Beach on September 17, 2015 in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian Marine Police seized 45 turtles from illegal poachers on a ship in the North Bali waters during an operation on September 16th. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
KUTA, BALI, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 17: Sea turtles wait to being released at Kuta Beach on September 17, 2015 in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian Marine Police seized 45 turtles from illegal poachers on a ship in the North Bali waters during an operation on September 16th. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
KUTA, BALI, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 17: A foreign tourist pours water over a sea turtle before Indonesian Marine Police release them at Kuta Beach on September 17, 2015 in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian Marine Police seized 45 turtles from illegal poachers on a ship in the North Bali waters during an operation on September 16th. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
KUTA, BALI, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 17: A foreign tourist pours water over a sea turtle before Indonesian Marine Police release them at Kuta Beach on September 17, 2015 in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian Marine Police seized 45 turtles from illegal poachers on a ship in the North Bali waters during an operation on September 16th. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
KUTA, BALI, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 17: A foreign tourist pours water over a sea turtle before Indonesian Marine Police release them at Kuta Beach on September 17, 2015 in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian Marine Police seized 45 turtles from illegal poachers on a ship in the North Bali waters during an operation on September 16th. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
KUTA, BALI, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 17: A girl pets a sea turtle before Indonesian Marine Police release them at Kuta Beach on September 17, 2015 in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian Marine Police seized 45 turtles from illegal poachers on a ship in the North Bali waters during an operation on September 16th. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
KUTA, BALI, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 17: A woman touches the head of a sea turtle before Indonesian Marine Police release them at Kuta Beach on September 17, 2015 in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian Marine Police seized 45 turtles from illegal poachers on a ship in the North Bali waters during an operation on September 16th. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
KUTA, BALI, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 17: A man measures the size of a sea turtle before Indonesian Marine Police release them at Kuta Beach on September 17, 2015 in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian Marine Police seized 45 turtles from illegal poachers on a ship in the North Bali waters during an operation on September 16th. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
KUTA, BALI, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 17: An Indonesian Marine Policeman prepares to release a sea turtle at Kuta Beach on September 17, 2015 in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian Marine Police seized 45 turtles from illegal poachers on a ship in the North Bali waters during an operation on September 16th. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
KUTA, BALI, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 17: Foreign tourists carry a giant sea turtle as they help Indonesian Marine Police to release sea turtles at Kuta Beach on September 17, 2015 in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian Marine Police seized 45 turtles from illegal poachers on a ship in the North Bali waters during an operation on September 16th. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
KUTA, BALI, INDONESIA - SEPTEMBER 17: A boy sits amongst sea turtles before Indonesian Marine Police release them at Kuta Beach on September 17, 2015 in Kuta, Bali, Indonesia. Indonesian Marine Police seized 45 turtles from illegal poachers on a ship in the North Bali waters during an operation on September 16th. (Photo by Agung Parameswara/Getty Images)
A picture shows a giant turtle before it is released by tourists into the sea at a beach in Kuta, near Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on September 17, 2015. Indonesian marine police seized 45 turtles from a boat on Singaraja waters during an operation on September 16. AFP PHOTO / SONNYTUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesia police release turtles into the sea at a beach in Kuta, near Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on September 17, 2015. Indonesian marine police seized 45 turtles from a boat on Singaraja waters during an operation on September 16. AFP PHOTO / SONNYTUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
Indonesia Marine police release a turtle into the sea at a beach in Kuta, near Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on September 17, 2015. Indonesian marine police seized 45 turtles from a boat on Singaraja waters during an operation on September 16. AFP PHOTO / SONNYTUMBELAKA (Photo credit should read SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP/Getty Images)
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