The Importance Of Sea Turtles

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Rising Temperatures Put Sea Turtles at Risk
Sea turtles are said to be one of Earth’s most ancient creatures and the seven species that can be found today have been around for roughly 110 million years, which
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With rising temperatures comes melting of the polar ice caps and rising sea levels, causing these beaches to slowly disappear (“Sea Turtle Migration”, 2013). Genetic studies of sea turtle colonies suggest that sea turtles will not be able to adapt to rapidly rising tides, it may take ten thousand years for new turtle nesting sites to become established (“Sea Turtle Migration”, 2013). Global warming will also increase water temperatures, changing the ocean currents that are critical to migrating turtles, especially baby hatchlings that are mostly transported by the currents into the open ocean (“Sea Turtle Migration”, 2013). Sea turtles are found in all warm and temperate waters throughout the world and tend to migrate hundreds of miles between nesting and feeding grounds. Most sea turtles undergo long migrations, some as far as fourteen thousand miles, between their feeding grounds and the beaches where they nest (“Sea Turtle Migration”, 2013). Leatherback sea turtles are among the most highly migratory animals on earth, traveling as many as ten thousand miles or more each year in search of jellyfish (“Sea Turtles”, 2013). Adult feeding patterns are affected by the climate change in such a way that grass beds are in decline, water temperature is higher on intertidal sea grass flats and coral reefs, typically feeding grounds for …show more content…
On an individual level we can partake in reducing, reusing and recycling and generally reducing our consumption of natural resources, most of which are produced and transported by burning fossil fuels (“Sea Turtle Migration”, 2013). Possibly the most vital step in protecting our sea turtles is to protect turtle nesting grounds and areas that may be suitable for turtle nesting in the future to ensure that marine reptiles have a better chance of withstanding climate change (Fuentes, 2013). A normal egg clutch from a female sea turtle contains between seventy to one hundred and ninety eggs depending on the species. Once the young hatch from their eggs, they slowly make their way to the ocean where only few survive to adulthood (“Sea Turtle Migration”, 2013). Often times during sea turtle breeding season you will see roped off sections on the beach where a turtle nest has been identified. These barriers are created to inform humans to stay away from these sensitive locations. We must work together to not only protect the endangered sea turtles but also to protect the rest of our environment and its habitants from global warming and climate change. “Turtles have existed for millions of years and were here long before humans. It would be a complete tragedy if they were to become extinct as a result of our actions and our lack of care” (Fuentes,

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