10 Reasons Why Sea Turtles Are Endangered

10 Reasons why sea turtles are endangered globallyHave you ever wondered why sea turtles are endangered? Afterall, sea turtles are magnificent creatures that have roamed the oceans for millions of years. Having said that, sea turtles face numerous challenges in the modern world that make it harder and harder for their survival. Here are the 10 issues confronting sea turtles globally on a global scale.

  1. Habitat Loss: Coastal development and climate change contribute to the degradation and loss of nesting and feeding habitats crucial for sea turtle survival. As we expand our world we reduce the size of theirs.
  2. Climate Change: Rising temperatures and sea levels impact nesting sites, alter sex ratios in hatchlings, and affect the distribution of prey, all of which are detrimental to sea turtle populations. Hot water changes everything.
  3. Pollution: Marine pollution, particularly plastic debris, poses a severe threat. Sea turtles often mistake plastic for food, leading to ingestion, injury, and death. They can’t differentiate between a plastic bag and a jellyfish.
  4. Fishing Gear: Entanglement in fishing gear, such as nets and lines, is a significant cause of injury and mortality for sea turtles, disrupting their natural behaviors. It doesn’t take much to entangle an sea turtle.
  5. Illegal Trade: Sea turtles and their eggs are illegally harvested for their meat, shells, and supposed medicinal properties, contributing to population declines. Many areas around the world are poor and people will do desperate things in desperate times.
  6. Light Pollution: Artificial lights near nesting beaches disorient hatchlings, leading them away from the sea. This increases their vulnerability to predators and decreases their chances of survival. Have you ever seen red street lights near the ocean? Sea turtles can’t see red so they don’t mistake a bright light as the moon.
  7. Boat Strikes: Collisions with boats and ships can cause serious injuries or fatalities to sea turtles, especially in areas with heavy maritime traffic. Seat turtles on the surface are hard to see so boater can hit them without knowing it.
  8. Invasive Species: Predation by introduced species, such as feral pigs and raccoons, poses a threat to sea turtle nests and eggs on nesting beaches. Newly hatched baby sea turtles are most vulnerable on the beach as they start their journey getting to the water.
  9. Disease: The spread of diseases, often related to pollution and compromised habitats, can weaken sea turtle populations, making them more susceptible to other threats. Global expansion means global pollution that can alter the water quality.
  10. Lack of Legislation and Enforcement: Inadequate protection and enforcement of regulations contribute to continued exploitation and harm to sea turtles. Strengthening legal frameworks is crucial for their conservation but many countries have “bigger issues” to deal with so sea turtles suffer.

Sea Turtles And The Challenges They Face

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