World Sea Turtle Day | How you can help our marine turtles
We're a little obsessed with sea turtles here at Tribal Beach. They are cute, blissful creatures – plus, have you seen them hatch?! *cue collective 'awww!'*
However, we still have so much to learn from these majestic creatures of the sea. According to World Wildlife Fund, 6 out of 7 species of marine turtle are threatened with extinction. That's six too many.
With 8 million tonnes of plastic dumped into our ocean each year, plus our high rates of overfishing, it is clear we are a huge part of the problem. Worldwide, almost 500,000 sea turtles are said to be captured, injured or killed every year by the fishing industry.
So what can we do?
1. Reduce our plastic.
It may seem small, but if we can recycle and reduce our waste, less will make it into the oceans to be ingested by our marine life.
2. Eat less seafood.
Overfishing, along with its plastic waste, is a huge problem to our environment. According to The Ocean Cleanup, 46% of the Pacific Garbage Patch is fishing nets. Plus, by eating less seafood, it leaves more nutrition for our amazing marine turtles and their friends.
3. Support charities that are working on the front lines.
There are so many charities out there doing great work, but here are a few that could really use your help.
You can also purchase eco-friendly, biodegradable products, like Pela Sunglasses.
Do you love sea turtles as much as us? Do you recycle your plastic? Let us know below!
**FUN TURTLE FACTS**
- Turtles don't have teeth
- Turtle shells feature over 50 bones fused together
- The largest turtle species (the leatherback) can reach up to 180cm and 500kg in weight!
- Female turtles return to the same beach they hatched on to nest
- As few as 1 in 1,000 marine turtle eggs last until adulthood (which more reason for us to protect them!!)
- Between hatching and when they return to coastal shores, turtles seem to 'disappear' and we are yet to officially know where they go!
Credit: World Wildlife Fund