Sea turtles are part of both beaches and marine systems which are two important part of the ecosystem. If turtles go into extinct, both the beach and aquatic ecosystem will be weak. The ocean as an essential source for food and other activities weakens, its weakness in the marine and beaches would have a dangerous effect on humans. Although turtles are thriving and living in the worlds ocean for over 150 million years, we are on the verge of losing these beautiful creations to extinction due to the changes caused by humans. If we affect the beaches and oceans to the extent that turtles are out, won’t this difference make it difficult for us to survive? If we choose to do the necessary to save turtles, won’t we protect our future? Creating a compelling difference for turtles in your area is as comfortable as following the steps listed below.
TURN OUT VISIBLE LIGHTS FROM THE BEACH
Sea turtle’s hatchlings make use of reflections and light from the moon to find their way into the water at night. Artificial lighting produced by humans confused the hatchlings and made them head inland instead of getting into the sea. Thereby, putting sea turtles into a difficult situation which can lead to their death. Artificial light also discourages female adult from nestling on the beach. You can also take measures redirect, shield and lower the intensity of rays on your property by short of turning off your lights.
REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF GARBAGE AND CLEAN UP TRASH YOU SEE ON THE BEACH
Sea turtles can become trapped in trash and plastic both in the water and on the shore. Discarded items such as balloons, plastic bags, and fishing lines can also be confused for food and swallowed by sea turtles, thereby causing death or injury to the animal.
BEWARE OF TURTLE NESTING AREAS AND AVOID HATCHING AND NESTING TURTLES
Sea turtles are adorable and therefore making them tempt to observe and touch, but little did we know that flashlights and people disturb them when they are trying to nest or during nesting on the beach. Ensure you give nesting area enough space and do not bother females that emerge from the oceans trying to find a place to nest. Be conscious of where nesting areas are so that you won’t trample on the hatchlings as they head to the water.
REDUCE THE USE OF CHEMICALS IN OCEANS AND SEA
Chemicals you use on your lawn and in your home, will eventually be washed into coastal waters thereby killing animals and plants. It is pertinent to ensure that you dispose toxic chemicals correctly or you can even find alternative solution making use of biodegradable solutions.
There are various ways in which you can make a good impact in the lives of sea turtles. You can just organize a clean-up day with your family and friends to clear the beach of litter, give a presentation to the neighbourhood, schools on things you can do to rescue sea turtles and essentially, talk to others and let them know that they have the power to save a generation of turtles.