This week we’re switching up our Wisdom Wednesday blog to be more of an update about a popular topic in ocean pollution: Sea Turtles. Sea turtles are affected by plastic during every stage of their life. They crawl through plastic on the way to the ocean as hatchlings, swim through it while migrating, confuse it for jellyfish (one of their favorite foods), and then crawl back through it as adults. Researchers estimate that over half of all sea turtles in the world have ingested plastic. And a single piece of plastic has a 20% chance of killing them. If sea turtles disappear from the ocean, it wouldn’t only be a huge loss for future human generations but it would also threaten the longevity of other marine life. Scientists believe that sea turtle species are essential to the health of marine ecosystems.
Shore Buddies Ocean Hero of the Week: Marc Ward
Hi, Stephen here. Marc Ward is one of the greatest protectors of my dear friend, Shelly the Sea Turtle. Through his adventures, he developed quite a passion for marine life in realizing just how important they are to our oceans. His love for turtles drove him to help create Sea Turtles Forever, a program that dedicated everything they had to protecting sea turtles from all the problems they can face.
Did you know you can identify the sex of a turtle by the sounds they make? The temperature when incubated determines the sex of the embryo. Cooler temperatures produce males whereas warmer temperatures produce females. You can also...
A turtle’s shell has 60 different bones all connected together. The bony part is covered with plates made from the skin, which offer more strength and protection to the shell. Most turtles...
Turtles live in any climate that’s warm enough for them to complete a whole breeding cycle. Because of this, turtles live on every continent except Antarctica. North America has such a wide variety of turtle species, but Europe only has two species of turtles and...
After 100years! A baby turtle on Galapagos for the first time
Hey Guys, Shelly here!
I'm so excited to bring some great news for a change. Amidst all the horrible news about the health of our oceans and all the plastic in there....
Turtles are on of the oldest and most primitive groups of reptiles, and have been on Earth for more than 200 million years, evolving even before mammals, birds, crocodiles, snakes, and lizards!