SEA TURTLES-THE ENDANGERED REPTILE:
The mother turtle leaves the ocean and comes to land to lay her eggs. Many things can go wrong when these reptiles venture out to land. Some people take the turtles eat their meat and use their shells to make jewelry. Others take the eggs and eat them. In some cases, the eggs may be eaten by dogs, raccoons, snakes, crabs and sea birds.
It is not unusual for sea turtles to get caught in fishing nets. It has been reported that because of so many debris in the ocean many sea turtles suffer an early death when they consume things like plastic or other thrash thrown in the ocean.
Another major threat to the survival of sea turtles are the many homes, resorts and hotels that are being built near nesting sites. After babies hatch instead of crawling to the ocean, they crawl in the direction of the bright lights that comes from the homes, hotels and resorts .
Now there are laws set in place to protect sea turtles and their eggs. Hopefully with the new laws, fewer sea turtles will die which can help increase the number of turtles in the sea.
WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP SEA TURTLES:
The simplest way to help sea turtles is to not throw balloons and other trash in the ocean. You can also tell friends and family that sea turtles are important to our environment. You can help raise awareness by doing a report on sea turtles and present the report to classmates. All of these simple things can add up and make a big difference in helping to protect sea turtles from extinction.
HELPFUL SITES YOU CAN VISIT FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Sea Turtle Conservancy: http://www.conserveturtles.org
The Turtle Nest: http://www.kiawahturtles.com/