Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Underwater Endangered Testudines (a.k.a. Sea Turtles) #AtoZChallenge

The beach is in our blood. Everyone in our family returns to the beach instinctively, just like the sea turtles.
-- Sandy Archibald

Four sea turtles species live off the coast of Ecuador. Green Turtles, Leatherbacks, and Olive-Ridley are endangered and Hawksbills are critically endangered. People are working to improve their numbers and chances of species survival.
Sea Turtle
Isla de la Plata, Manabí, Ecuador

Sea turtles live the majority of their lives in the ocean but are born on beaches. Female sea turtles return to the beach where they were born to lay eggs. Each egg nest is marked to prevent human damage.
Each nest is marked with caution tape and
a sign identifying it as a turtle egg nest.
Santa Rosa Beach, Manta, Manabí
November, 2013

Volunteers with the foundation Oceans 2 Earth, Machalilla National Park, and people living near beaches monitor nesting areas. They record and mark the nests.

People return when the eggs are expected to hatch. They count the babies as they run to the ocean. They also ensure that the baby turtles run toward the ocean. They sometimes run inland by mistake. Humans help turn them around.

Adult sea turtles are frequently seen near reefs just off Isla de la Plata, where groups snorkel after touring the island to see blue-footed boobies.

Sea Turtle
Isla de la Plata, Manabí, Ecuador
The Machalilla National Park veterinarian maintains the Marine Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Puerto López. Injured turtles receive care until they are healthy enough to be returned to the ocean.

Humans are responsible for the majority of turtle injuries, including cuts from boat propellers, plastic ingestion, and fishing net damage.

Have you seen turtles in the wild?


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26 comments:

  1. The birth of the baby turtles is one of the most amazing spectacles, although I've only seen it on TV. Nice that people give them a helping hand!

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    1. I agree Nick! Their birth and race to the ocean is incredible.

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  2. I went to the Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island a couple of weeks ago. Fascinating information on how they rescue hurt turtles!

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    1. That must have been an interesting visit. Seeing the turtle recovery process is amazing!

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  3. Thanks for sharing the story of people's sensitivity towards preservation of the endangered species of turtles ,around your part of the world. A sign of hope! Cute pics :)
    Best wishes,
    Moon
    https://aslifehappens60.wordpress.com

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    1. Thanks Moon - I hope that other parts of the world have similar efforts happening, too.

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  4. One of these days, I'd love to see these lovely creatures in person. It's great that they're getting so much attention and help so they can again flourish.
    Discarded Darlings - Jean Davis, Speculative Fiction Writer, A to Z: Editing Fiction

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    1. It is great, Jean. Hopefully one day there will be enough of them to no longer be endangered.

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  5. I love sea turtles, but I have never seen one in the wild. It is good that people are helping them survive now. I read some lovely sea turtle legends from Oceania when I was doing that part of my Folktales around the world series...

    The Multicolored Diary: WTF - Weird Things in Folktales

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    1. It is encouraging to see so many people caring for them, Zalka. I hope the sea turtle legends you read painted them in a good light. Since you called them lovely, they probably did :)

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    1. It is amazing, whether on TV or in person. Thanks for stopping by Shirley.

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  7. They are so amazing. They are one of the sea creatures hubby enjoys seeing during his scuba dives, more than any other.

    DB McNicol | Oh, the places we will go! | Utah & Universal Studios

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    1. I only snorkel so I can only imagine how magical it must be when he scuba dives with them!

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  8. Beautiful picture of the sea turtle

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  9. Turtles fascinate me for some reason.
    And baby turtles look so damn cute. I have seen them on TV.
    Thanks for sharing

    A Peice Of My Life

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    1. They are so cute! Thanks for stopping by DeeDee.

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  10. We also have conservation efforts here in Mexico. Unfortunately, turtle eggs are a delicacy locally.
    https://survivingmexico.com/2016/10/14/claudias-san-pancho-marine-turtle-adventure-earning-theteam-turtle-tattoo/

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    1. Wow Camille - I just read your post. What incredible efforts you go through to save the eggs from poachers. Well done and thank you! While researching for my post I read that turtle eggs are a delicacy but I have seen only conservation efforts by people here.

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  11. How cool that people are allowed to benevolently intervene. I've seen so many opposing situations. I would love to be of aid to these or other creatures. I've gone so far as to phone authorities when air gliders have landed illegally on seaside sand dunes. Be well!

    http://darlamsands.blogspot.com/

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    1. It is wonderful to be where so many are helpful to helpless creatures. They are always seeking volunteers so feel free to come anytime!

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  12. Hi Emily - I've never seen sea turtles live ... but I'd love to - sad about the humans of today just wanting to take advantage of the ability to see the turtles without concern for their well-being, and dreadful to have so much corruption in all walks of life ... exploiting people's needs with advantageous gain ... thank goodness for the organisations taking care ... cheers Hilary

    http://positiveletters.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/w-is-for-whistlejacket.html

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    1. You are absolutely right Hilary, and said it so well. It is sad that many humans are so selfish. I echo your thoughts - thank goodness for the organizations taking care.

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  13. I've gone turtle spotting - there are protected beaches in the Arabian Gulf where the turtle come in the season to drop their eggs ...incredibly moving thing to witness!

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    1. What an incredible process to be a part of, Nilanjana!

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