Issues Associated with the Endangerment of the Green Sea Turtles

1103 Words Feb 22nd, 2018 4 Pages
According to the Sea Turtle Restoration Project5 “Ancient ocean dwellers, sea turtles have lived on the Earth for 150 million years, since before the time of the dinosaurs.” Even though Green sea turtles are endangered, they have lived on this planet longer than humans have. Author Carl Sofia2 states that for hundreds of millions of years, turtles swam in a world without people while currently their endangerment has become a nationwide economic issue. This particular topic is important because Green sea turtles are beneficial to the ocean and its inhabitants. NOAA1 discovered that “Adult green sea turtles are unique among sea turtles in that they only eat plants; they are herbivorous feeding primarily on sea grasses and algae.” This diet is beneficial to the ocean because they keep sea grass along the ocean floor short. Marine biologists of the Sea Turtle Conservancy6 declared that, “Sea turtles and manatees act as grazing animals that cut the grass short and help maintain the health of the sea grass beds. Over the past decades, there has been a decline in sea grass beds. This decline may be linked to the low numbers of sea turtles.” While scientist and environmentalist declare overfishing as one of the most important issues, the continuous endangerment of Green sea turtles are more important because they’re…
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