Green Sea Turtles
Green Sea Turtles

Green Sea Turtles

This animal is one of my favourites!

The weighty creature has a large carapace or shell and inhabits tropical coastal waters like those around Zanzibar (as seen in photos above at a conservation location in Nungwi). Most turtles travel large distances of 10,000 miles or more to feed and nest on sandy beaches. Every 2-4 years, the Green Sea Turtles mate and choose an area to lay their 100-200 eggs in a deep pit. Unfortunately, after two months when the eggs begin to hatch, predators such as crabs and gulls prey on the hatchlings attempting the journey back to the sea. In addition to the natural predatory circumstances, Green Sea Turtles are also hunted for meat and eggs, injured and killed by propellers while swimming, and their nests are often destroyed by negligent humans.

The reason for their listing on the Endangered Species lists is an attempt to spread awareness for the species and their lifestyle.

What you can do:

Visit https://defenders.org/sites/default/files/publications/five-things-you-can-do-to-save-sea-turtles.pdf and donate to their cause save these beautiful creatures.