16th June 2018
Saturday 16 June is World Sea Turtle Day! It is so important to conserve these amazing animals. As well as the human activities that threaten their future, it is estimated that as few as 1 in 1,000 marine turtle eggs will survive to adulthood.
Sea turtles are particularly vulnerable to plastic pollution as they use their beaks to test out objects in the water and often mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, one of their favourite foods!
Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are classified as threatened or endangered due to human actions and lifestyles. Their biggest threats include:
- Entanglement in fishing gear
- Poaching and illegal trade of eggs, meat, and shells
- Coastal development
- Plastic and other marine debris
- Global warming
- Ocean pollution
- Turtleshell Trade
The Deep's two Loggerhead sea turtles, Sensa and MaBouche, were victims of fishing gear that was left in the Mediterranean sea. They were rescued from being entangled in the long lines and subsequently cannot feed on their own, meaning they cannot survive in the wild.
Despite their amazing features and adaptations, six of the seven sea turtle species are considered critically endangered, endangered or vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, and the seventh is listed as data deficient. The Deep has been working to help sick and injured sea turtles at New England Aquarium in Boston, Massachusetts. Here they rescue and rehabilitate hundreds of injured and sick sea turtles that get stranded on the shores near the aquarium every year. Learn more about this project here.
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FREE DOWNLOAD! Check out this Loggerhead sea turtle poster.