June 8th is World Oceans Day.
When my daughter was little we purchased a turtle. It was the only pet we were allowed to have in the apartment building we were living in at the time. She has been fascinated with turtles ever since. One thing that we have learned is that sea turtles are great friends to have in the ocean. 10 facts about sea turtles:
- Sea turtles are one of the most ancient creatures on the earth. These ancient creatures have been on Earth for more than 100 million years;
- Sea turtles live all over the world;
- There are 7 species of sea turtles: the green, loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley, olive ridley, hawksbill, flatback, and leatherback;
- 6 of the 7 species of sea turtles are threatened or endangered at the hand of humans;
- What sea turtles eat depends on the subspecies, but some common items include jellyfish, seaweed, crabs, shrimp, sponges, snails, algae and mollusks. Green sea turtles have a more plant-based diet and eat seagrass. By keeping seagrass short, they prevent it from getting tall and harming other marine creature;
- These reptiles spend their entire lives at sea, except when adult females come ashore to lay eggs several times per season every 2 to 5 years;
- Sea turtles, like salmon, will return to the same nesting grounds at which they were born;
- Like humans, sea turtles breathe air into and out of their lungs through their nose and mouth;
- Contrary to popular belief, a turtle cannot come out of its shell.
- Even though they’re marine animals, some of their natural predators include dogs who dig up their eggs buried in the sand.
Like countless other issues in the world, I hope we rise from the sidelines to rediscover that collectively, the world is in our hands, that we have the power to save our planet.