1. Some of them are gigantic.
Out of the 7 species of sea turtles, the loggerhead turtle is the largest. An adult loggerhead is usually around 300 pounds, although some have weighed in at up to 1000 pounds. On the other side of the scale is the ridley sea turtle, which weighs about 80-100 pounds.
2. They start out with the odds against them.
Baby sea turtles have about a 1% chance of reaching maturity. Not only are they up against natural threats, but their human threats have been growing, which is why almost all species are currently on the endangered list. Sea turtles lay an average of 110 eggs per nest. That means that out of all of those baby turtles, the odds say that only one will grow into an adult.
3. They’re almost everywhere.
You can find sea turtles in every ocean except in the polar regions. They nest in tropical and subtropical climates, and they travel across entire oceans to feed.
4. They’ve been around for a long time.
Sea turtles have been in the earth’s oceans for more than 100 million years, predating some dinosaurs. They have lived on while other species went extinct, but their populations have been decreasing in recent decades. Now nearly all species of sea turtles are considered endangered.
5. They’re important to our ecosystem.
In the ocean, sea turtles graze on the sea grass and keep it short. This allows for it to grow across the sea floor and proved breeding and developmental grounds for other species of fish. On the beach, sea turtles’ nests make the entire beach healthier. The nutrients from the eggs helps the dune vegetation grow, strengthens vegetation and helps protect the beach from erosion.
6. You can help sea turtles.
Some simple research can turn up many easy ways you can help sea turtles. Having awareness of their endangered status can prompt you to turn off lights on the beach, clean up your trash, and even volunteer to help these beautiful and necessary creatures.
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