World Sea Turtle Day 2021

Every year on June 16, World Sea Turtle Day is celebrated. This day is celebrated in the hopes of preventing the extinction of this aquatic species. It emphasises the significance of sea turtles in the aquatic environment. Sea turtles are wonderful creatures that serve as the ocean's keystone species. Their presence is beneficial to the environment and has an impact on other species. If these species are eradicated, the natural habitat will be harmed, which will have a distinct impact on other flora and fauna.


It is a day dedicated to Dr.Archie Carr, the father of sea turtle biology and the founder of the Sea Turtle Conservancy.



Why Sea Turtles are important

  • Beaches benefit from turtle nesting. Many animals obtain their nourishment through hatchlings.

  • The coastal economies and local communities that live along the ocean benefit greatly from sea turtles. Green turtles graze on seagrass, which keeps the seagrass beds healthy.

Some Facts You Need to Know About Sea Turtles:

  • Turtles have keratin sheaths in their upper and lower jaws instead of teeth.

  • The sea turtle is a massive creature that can weigh up to 500 kgs.

  • One out of every 1000 sea turtle eggs lives to adulthood, according to estimates.

  • Turtles enjoy foods that are red, orange, or yellow in colour.

  • They migrate long distances and have great navigation skills to the Earth’s magnetic field.

  • Plastic pollution has put six of the seven species of marine turtles on the verge of extinction.

  • They've been on the planet for over 100 million years.

  • It is listed as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

  • Loggerhead, Green, Leatherback, Hawksbill, Olive Ridley, Kemp's Ridley, and Flatback are the seven sea turtle species. Hawksbill and Kemps Ridley are two of the seven species that are considered critically endangered.



Spread awareness and make the earth a better place to live for the sea turtles.


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Reference:

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