Much can be learned about the condition of the planet’s environment by looking at sea turtles. Sea turtles travel throughout the world’s oceans and have existed for over 100 million years. Suddenly however, they are struggling to survive — largely because of the things we humans are doing to the planet’s oceans and beaches. So what does this all mean for us?
It is possible that a world in which sea turtles cannot survive may soon become a world in which humans struggle to survive. If however, we learn from our mistakes and begin changing our behavior, there is still time to save sea turtles from extinction. And in the process of saving one of the earth’s most mysterious and time-honored creatures, we might just be saving ourselves too.
In an effort to effect lasting change far greater than we could accomplish on our own, we are partnering with Sea Turtle Conservancy, the world’s oldest and most accomplished sea turtle research and conservation organization, to help raise both the awareness and the funds to support the ongoing educational programs and outreach efforts that continue to make a measurable difference.
Yes, we love the freedom to explore AND we believe there’s a responsibility that goes along with it. As we enthusiastically encourage our global community of A1A Explorers to eat, beach, sleep, and play along our magnificent Atlantic coast, we hope you’ll choose to join us and support the extraordinary work of Sea Turtle Conservancy.
Good to Know…
From Sea Turtle Conservancy (conserveturtles.org) we learned that unlike baby alligators, which are freed from their nest by their mother, sea turtle hatchlings must do it all themselves. To break open their shells, hatchlings use a temporary, sharp egg-tooth, called a “caruncle.” The caruncle is an extension of the upper jaw that falls off soon after birth. Digging out of the nest is a group effort that can take several days and once they decide to burst out, they erupt from the nest cavity as a group. The little turtles orient themselves to the brightest horizon, and then dash toward the sea. The obstacles are so numerous for baby turtles that only about one in 1,000 survives to adulthood. With nesting season once again upon us, remember it’s illegal to harm, harass or take sea turtles, their eggs and hatchlings, including getting too close to a nesting female and if you see anyone doing it, here’s the number for the FWC’s Wildlife Alert Hotline 888-404-3922 please take a minute now to add it to your cell. We took this pic on fabulous Fat Deer Key and thought it was a great illustration of the visual clues loggerheads and green turtles leave to alert us that nesting activity may be nearby.