Marine Life: Turtles
Turtles are some of the slowest animals on land. But in the ocean, sea turtles swim quickly through the water. They begin their lives on the beach. They hatch from eggs buried in the sand. As soon as they are born, the little turtles, called â€œhatchlings,â€? hurry back into the ocean. They do not return to the beach until they are ready to nest. Even though sea turtles live in the water, they need air to breathe. They must swim up to the surface to take in air. Most snack on jellyfish and other ocean creatures. Sea turtles face many dangers, especially from humans. People take over turtlesâ€™ habitats by building hotels and houses on the beach. Some people also bother nests when they are playing on the beaches. This makes it difficult for mother turtles to find safe places to dig nests and lay their eggs in the sand. In some areas of the world sea turtles are hunted by people. Their eggs are eaten for food. Their shells are used to make jewelry and even guitars. Some suntan lotions are made with turtle oil.
People can hurt sea turtles without even knowing it. Dumping garbage in the ocean, like plastic bags and balloons, really hurts sea turtles. To a turtle, a floating plastic bag or balloon can look like food. Sea turtles get very sick when they eat this kind of trash. All sea turtles are endangered. This means that there are not many of them left.
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Turtles are marvels in the scheme of evolution and they have been swimming in the seas for over 100 million years. They can live for many years (over 80 and upwards of 100). Sea Turtles are found in many warm waters and most species migrate long distances to feed and nest, with some going over 1,000 miles. Sea Turtles play an important role in the marine ecosystems and their survival is vital for the welfare of the oceans. Marine turtles are economically important to humans. In recent years, marine turtles have become increasingly important as an ecotourism attraction. This has led to a rise in tourism operations that provide jobs and income to seaside communities throughout the tropical and subtropical part of the world. Marine turtle watching increases peopleâ€™s interest in marine and coastal issues and inspires commitment to support conservation efforts.
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Turtles in danger; There are many ways to help. What each can do… •Tell your friends about the Turtle Foundation. •Avoid restaurants with turtle soup, turtle eggs or turtle meat on the menu. Report the relevant restaurants to the Turtle Foundation. •Do not buy any products made from turtles such as tortoiseshell or similar souvenirs. •Do not disturb nesting turtles by your presence, noise or lights. •Avoid hotels that have destroyed beaches which have been used by the turtles for nesting. •Divers: Don´t touch – riding turtles is no fun. •Never toss cigarette butts or plastic bags into the sea. Turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish (the favorite dish of some species); cigarette butts swell in the stomach. •Keep yourself informed and stay up-to-date for example by visiting the various internet pages about turtles.
how you can help Marine turtles are economically important to humans. In recent years, marine turtles have become increasingly important as an ecotourism attraction. This has led to a rise in tourism operations that provide jobs and income to seaside communities throughout the tropical and subtropical part of the world. Marine turtle watching increases peopleâ€™s interest in marine and coastal issues and inspires commitment to support conservation efforts.
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