Why I picked this topic• To help my readers understand how important sea turtles are to the ecosystem• To provide information on how to protect this endangered species• To give tips on what to do if you see a turtles nest.
What Do Sea Turtles Do?• They graze the bottoms of the ocean getting rid of old grass and algae. This keeps the grass nutrient rich and benefits the other fish living in the area.• They break down hard poisonous sponge so the other animals can feed on smaller, softer parts.• They consume large amounts of jellyfish keeping the population in check.
When and Where Do Sea Turtles Nest?• Nesting season is from May 1st though October 31st• Mama turtles dig holes in the sand and lay 100-150 eggs at a time• 1 mama turtle can lay up to 8 nests• Baby turtles hatch 60 days later and use the reflection of the moon on the water to find the ocean.
What are some dangers to Sea Turtles• Street lights by the ocean during nesting season• Beach goers that don’t look out for nests• Litter that can be mistaken for food.
What Can You Do?• During nesting season, keep lights by the ocean dimmed• Make sand dunes to prevent the baby turtles from going towards the street.• Report a nest to your local wildlife preserve so they can mark it and keep animals away from it• Don’t litter. Sea turtles often mistake plastic as food and suffocate themselves.
Where did I get my info?• Antigua Sea Turtle Project blog• Oceana.org• Myrtle Beach Sea Turtle Patrol blog