June 16 is World Sea Turtle Day! Did you know that these magnificent creatures are reptiles? That means they are in the same family as snakes and lizards! Sea turtles have been around for millions of years, since the time of dinosaurs and today’s sea turtles have remained quite similar to their ancient ancestors. Unfortunately, sea turtles now face several hardships in their environment; trash–especially plastic–is very detrimental to sea turtles because they often ingest things thinking it is a jellyfish or another food source. Development on beaches traditionally used for nesting is also negatively impacting sea turtle livelihood because people and loud noises can scare off turtles before laying their eggs, bright lights disorient them, and even worse is that eggs are often stolen (to eat/sell) or damaged before hatching. If you’re interested in learning more about World Sea Turtle Day, click here.
One of Dowling Construction’s own volunteered at a turtle conservation, ARCAS Parque Hawaii, in Guatemala. Her daily duties included checking the temperature three times a day in the turtle hatchery, releasing baby sea turtles into the ocean, and patrolling the beaches at night for turtles coming in to nest. While there, she witnessed seven turtles laying their eggs, and during her stay over 1,000 eggs were collected to re-bury in the turtle hatchery. It is very common for “Parlamelos” to stroll the beaches at night in order to collect eggs for selling/eating, which is why ARCAS offers to buy the eggs from Parlamelos in order to further promote sea turtle conservation.
If you’re interested in making a contribution to Saving the Sea Turtles, there are a few things you can do from the comfort of your own home.
- Limit or eliminate your use of plastic straws. These are very dangerous to turtles!
- Recycle as much as possible. The less trash that ends up in the ocean, the better off the turtles will be.
- Donate to ARCAS Guatemala. Any amount counts!
These are just a few of the turtles you’d be helping…