Sea turtles are a kind of marine reptile that live in warm tropical and subtropic waters typically located in the Caribbean, gulf of Mexico, coast of Australia, pacific islands and sometimes traveling as far north as Alaska and the European arctic. There are seven different types of sea turtles with 6 of them, (Green, Hawksbill, Kemps Ridley, Leatherback, Loggerhead, and Olive Ridley) living in waters around the world, while the Flatback sea turtle lives only in Australian waters.
There are many threats to sea turtles around the world. These threats include:
- Habitat loss
- Harvesting for consumption
- Illegal trade
- Marine pollution
- Beach erosion
- Invasive species
- Oil Spills
There are many different organizations around the world that work to help rescue and rehabilitation sea turtles. Below I have included just a few of these wonderful organizations around the United States.
Located in Juno Beach, Florida, the Loggerhead Marinelife Center is an ocean and sea turtle conservation hospital that works towards to promote not only the conservation of sea turtles but the ocean as well.
The South Caroline Aquarium and Sea Turtle Hospital is located in Charleston, South Caroline. This aquarium is home to a world renowned sea turtle hospital that works to help rescue and rehabilitate 3 different kinds of sea turtles that are local to the shores of South Carolina.
Oceans 2 Earth is a conservation program and organization in Melbourne Australia that works towards conservation of not only marine animals but land animals as well. Their sea turtle rehabilitation program is one of the best in the country that works to resorts sea turtles back into the wild.
These conservation programs are only a few among the hundreds in the world that work towards saving threatened and endangered sea turtles. If you ever find a sea turtle that is stranded, injured, or abandoned, please contact a local organization near you that works to help protect these gentle creatures.