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Earth Month and Sea Turtles

Earth Month and Sea Turtles

Sea turtles are some of the oldest species on earth, having existed for more than 100 million years. They are found in tropical and sub-tropical seas around the world. Marine reptiles, they breathe air and lay their eggs on sandy beaches. In fact, sea turtle mothers return to the same beach on which they were born to lay their eggs. Except for these nexting activities on land, sea turtles spend their entire lives at sea.

There are seven species of sea turtle. Three are endangered an two others are threatened. The Kemp’s ridley sea turtle is the smallest, weighing less than 100 pounds and the leatherback is the largest, weighing up to 1,500 pounds.

Every year, thousands of sea turtles are accidentally caught in nets and fishing lines – bycatch. Sea turtles entangled in nets or lines are unable to reach the surface to breathe and drown. In addition, plastic pollution threatens turtles, who mistake plastic for food. Once ingested, plastic blocks intestines and may cause death. Sea turtles are also suffering habitat loss, especially nesting grounds due to development.

Finally, sea turtles are uniquely affected by climate change. The gender of sea turtles is determined by how hot or cold the surrounding environment is while they are in their eggs. Warmer temperatures result in more female hatchlings, while colder temperatures will produce more male hatchlings. As ocean temperatures increase and get warmer, there is concern that reproduction rates will go down with fewer males.

Why Protect Sea Turtles? Sea turtles play a critical role in the ecosystem. They feed on seagrass and graze on coral reefs, increasing ocean vitality and productivity for other species, including lobster, shrimp and tuna. By feeding on jellyfish, sea turtles help control jellyfish populations. Sea turtles also make a substantial economic contribution through tourism.

What can we do? It is critical that we learn more about and help prevent plastic pollution. Switch to reusable bags and reduce plastic consumption. Help prevent ocean pollution by joining a beach cleanup and properly disposing of waste and recyclables.

Source: www.earthday.org

Earth Month Look at Sharks

Earth Month Look at Sharks

As Earth Month continues, we turn our attention for this post to sharks. Archeological evidence indicates that sharks have been around for more than 400 million years. There are more than 500 species of sharks, which vary in size from six inches to 39 feet long. Sharks are known as apex predators, which means they… Continue Reading

Earth Month Look at Coral Reefs

Earth Month Look at Coral Reefs

Today as we celebrate Earth Month we’re taking a bit of a different turn to look at coral reefs. Coral reefs are located in more than 100 countries and cover close to 110,000 square miles of the earth’s surface. In spite of their relative abundance, coral reefs aren’t typically top of mind in the fight… Continue Reading

Earth Month: All About Bees

Earth Month: All About Bees

From the very large (see our post on elephants published last week) to the very small: today’s Earth Month post is about bees. Bees are extraordinary creatures. Wild bee species populate every climate in the world, from forests to deserts to the arctic. Honeybees are a common site in our fields and gardens. But these… Continue Reading

Celebrating Elephants for Earth Month

Celebrating Elephants for Earth Month

We’re kicking off Earth Month with a post about my son’s favorite animal, elephants. Elephants, the world’s largest land animal, possess very large brains and are capable of complex thought. They have complex social networks and are one of the few animals on earth capable of self-awareness. Elephants are suffering significant population declines in both… Continue Reading

Windmill Capital Management Celebrates Earth Month

Windmill Capital Management Celebrates Earth Month

Windmill Capital Management is happy to celebrate Earth Month this April. The Earth Day Network theme for 2019 is “Protect our Species.” 2019 is the 49th celebration of Earth Month, which started in 1950 when millions of people took to the streets to protest 150 years of industrial development. Earth Day, celebrated this year on… Continue Reading

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