Endangered Sea Turtles

1403 WordsMay 22, 20076 Pages
Sea turtles are becoming more and more endangered as time goes on and is something that really needs to be changed. There are seven species of sea turtle and they are all either endangered or critically endangered. Millions of sea turtles used to inhabit the sea now only a fraction of them are still around. Humans are partly the cause of this because we hunt them for food and profit. It is unbelievable that people can kill such beautiful creatures just for their personal benefit. Humans are not the only reason sea turtles are facing extinction, but we are the main reason. Humans really should not be part of the problem in the first place. Sea turtles face a lot of life or death obstacles from the second they are born. Even…show more content…
This simply has to do with people throwing away their trash in a place that it should not be thrown. Thousands of sea turtles would be saved every year if everyone would just so the right thing and put their trash in a recycle can or trash can. Sea turtles have been killed eating or getting tangled in a variety of human trash and debris. In particular trash bags kill sea turtles because they can not tell the difference between jellyfish and the white plastic bag. The large leatherback in particular can not tell the difference and sadly dies frequently from this. Sea turtle hatchlings are now having trouble finding their way to the sea because of all the lights from buildings that are built on the coast. They get disoriented when they are born and will wander in the wrong way away from the sea. This leads them to predators that live inland or will even cause the turtle to become dehydrated and die. Humans are also building coastal armoring that is blocking female turtles from reaching a suitable nesting habitat. This is a severe problem in Florida where they have many coastal rock elevations and sand bags. Where all this beach development is occurring thousands of sea turtles are trying to nest. Beach dredging is also having a direct effect on sea turtle's trying to nest. If the sand is too impacted or is drastically different from native beach sediment, the mother will have trouble creating the
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