Marine Turtles

Green Sea Turtle

Marine turtles have traveled the seas for over 100 million years, surviving longer than most of the prehistoric animals with which they once shared the planet–they have survived the extinction of the dinosaurs and are still found in the world's oceans. Female turtles nest on tropical and subtropical beaches around the globe.
Unfortunately, three of the seven existing species are critically endangered with extinction, three are endangered and the status of the seventh species remains unknown. Threats include hunting for meat, shell and eggs; habitat destruction; fisheries bycatch; pollution; boat strikes; and introduced predators have wiped out entire turtle populations, or reduced them to mere shadows of their former numbers.

Other Resources"Secrets of the Olive Ridley"Check the progress of tagged Olive Ridley turtles in this Flash-based presentation, brought to you by WWF Australia. Hawksbills of the Caribbean(Spanish)

Labels: , , , , ,


Post a Comment

<< Home

. . . since 11/15/06