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22110595 - watching baby sea turtle hatchling on the beach

Right now seven of the world’s sea turtle species are in danger of complete extinction. Many beaches throughout the world have been overrun by poachers who are pillaging their nests, stealing the eggs to sell them for a profit. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is a non-profit Cause that is committed to protecting the beaches and stopping these poachers.

 

You can help defend sea turtles with your car donation to Sea Shepherd through the Donate-a-car program.

 

Defending Sea Turtles

Sea Shepherd has launched Operation Jairo II to conserve, defend and protect endangered populations of leatherback, green, hawksbill, loggerhead and olive ridley sea turtles in Costa Rica, Honduras, and Florida. These icons of the sea struggle through several deadly threats including fishing net entanglements, trash and light pollution, destruction of their habitat and poaching.

 

Sea turtles are reptiles that live in the oceans and on beaches. They eat crustaceans, fish, jellyfish, sponges and seagrasses. The leatherback turtle can grow up to over five feet long and is the biggest sea turtle weighing up to 900kg! Similarly, the green sea turtle grows up to 5 feet long, whereas the hawksbill sea turtle grows to 3 feet and the loggerhead to only 35 inches. Each of these species has a significant decline in the number of their population over the last 3 generations and without intervention may become extinct.

 

Turtles are truly ancient creatures. Fossil records show that turtles appeared during the Triassic period and rubbed shoulders with dinosaurs in the Jurassic period.  The first sea turtles would have appeared late in this period.

 

Learn more about sea turtles and operation Jairo, including how to join the Sea Shepherd campaign on the ground at www.seashepherd.org/jairo.  You can also help by donating your car to the Sea Shepherd Cause.