Green Sea Turtle
When you think of a sea turtle, the one that most commonly comes to mind is the green sea turtle. Their undeniably beautiful shell and gentle nature makes these turtles a sight to see. They are found in warm subtropical and tropical waters, and nesting occurs in over 80 countries around the world.
My current job in education at Sea Life Aquarium has given me great insight about these turtles and what is happening to them in the wild. Of the 5 sea turtles we have, 3 are green sea turtles. They have been deemed non-releasable due to their condition they have in common, buoyancy disorder or bubble butt. This happens when a turtles shell is struck by a boat, their shell is cracked open, and then heals with the air stuck inside. Unfortunately their isn't much we can do since turtles spinal column is infused into their shells. If we tried to get the air out, it could damage them further. Our turtles at Sea Life; Boomerang, Eddie, and Thally, all have this condition. One thing that has stuck out to me while working here is that although they have bubble butt, they're as happy as ever and act as if they're as normal as any other turtle. The strength each of them have to power through their condition has helped me learn so much about these turtles. I get the chance to see them eat, swim, and play together and I couldn't ask for a better work day. Bubble butt affects a lot of sea turtles, but that's not the only threat they face.
As fun as it is to be at the beach, build sandcastles, and soak up the sun, we need to keep our turtle friends in mind at all times. The biggest killer of turtles today is plastic! Plastic bags are often mistaken as a sea turtles favorite food, jellyfish. An article from ConserveTurtles.org states:
Over 1 million marine animals (including mammals, fish, sharks, turtles, and birds) are killed each year due to plastic debris in the ocean. Currently, it is estimated that there are 100 million tons of plastic in oceans around the world.
This proves that it is crucial to always throw away or recycle all trash and plastics. Another thing to keep in mind is baby turtles and their nests. Only 1 in 1000 baby turtles will make it to the ocean. When you're building sandcastles or digging holes, you never know if there's a nest nearby. So when you're done, make sure you knock down the castles, flatten the sand, and refill the holes! Simple things like this can help save the turtles. Any obstructions in a baby turtles path can allow it to be picked off by predators or they may become stuck. So remember!
Pick up your trash and plastics!
Knock down sandcastles, fill up holes, and flatten the sand.
always keep our ocean friends in mind! :)
That's just a few of the many ways we can easily help sea turtles and other animals in the ocean! If everyone got together to clean up the oceans or to make a simple decision to clean up their trash, there would be a significant decrease in animal deaths. We can ALL come together to make our beaches happy and healthy!
MORE WAYS TO HELP!
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