Sea Turtle Conservation

Sea turtles are amazing and beautiful creatures, but few people realise just how big they can get. Some of them grow to three metres long, weighing as much as 750 kilograms, and many of them have stunningly beautiful shells. However, this is where the problem lies for many species of turtle - they are poached for their shells to the point where they are now close to extinction. This, alongside the damage that is often caused to their natural habitats, is why sea turtle conservation is so important.

In light of this, the importance of turtle conservation efforts cannot be stressed enough because if we want to forge a future for these marine animals, then something must be done. The Great Projects offer you the chance to join a turtle conservation project to help protect these iconic creatures in a variety of locations. You have the chance to observe as many as five different species of turtle from the tropics of Costa Rica to the stunning beaches of Sri Lanka. Whilst at these projects you will get the chance to take part in a number of turtle conservation activities that includes taking part in a hatchery programme, burying eggs into the sand of the local beaches, and occasionally even heading out on a night patrol to prevent poachers from stealing turtle eggs. If you're lucky, you may even get to release adorable hatchlings into the sea!

If you would like the chance to aid sea turtle conservation efforts then become our next volunteer!

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Turtles At A Glance

Varies Dependent On Species
Oceans All Around The World

How Endangered Are Turtles

The numbers of sea turtles found in the wild vary greatly by species. The most endangered species of sea turtle is the Kemp Ridley, as its numbers have suffered a lot since the 1940’s when 100,000 were filmed nesting in one location. Researchers have found it difficult to get an accurate figure for the number of sea turtles that are remaining in the wild due to their elusive nature, and the sheer number of hatchlings who never make it to adulthood.

What we do know is that conservation efforts are desperately needed for all 7 species if they are to survive.

Threats Turtles Are Facing

Sea turtles are relatively defenceless to human actions, despite what their shell would have you believe. Some of the things most affecting their numbers include:

  • Bycatch – every year hundreds of thousands of sea turtles are accidentally caught up in fishing nets and they often die in the process.
  • Overharvesting –there is still a huge demand for turtle egg soup and as a result, thousands of hatchlings are killed each year to fuel the trade.
  • Climate Change – sea turtles are very sensitive to even the smallest of changes in water temperature and this has affected the breeding cycle.
Fast Facts
  • Leatherback sea turtles can travel more than 10,000 miles every year!
  • Female turtles lay their eggs at the same beach on which they were born.
  • Green turtles can hold their breath for up to five hours.
Where you can go
Contact Info
UK Office
The Great Traveller Ltd,
3 Dairy Yard
Star Street
Ware, Hertfordshire
SG12 7DX
United Kingdom

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