Why Save Sea Turtles?
The Sea Turtle Serves Ecology
August 2017 - Part II
If we manage, in the process, to save the sea turtle, we might just be saving ourselves too. Sea Turtles serve our ecology in several ways and here are a couple examples.
- Sea Turtles are one of the few animals that eat sea grass. Sea Turtles and manatees are grazing animals that help maintain the health of the sea grass beds, Sea grass beds are breeding and developmental grounds for many species of fish, shellfish and crustaceans. Without the Sea Turtle, a serious decline in sea grass beds will result, which will result in the decline in many species.
- When Sea Turtles nest and lay eggs on the beaches and lower dunes, many nutrients are added to these barren lands throughout the year. All the unhatched nests, eggs and trapped hatchlings are very vital sources of nutrients for dune vegetation. This results in stronger and a healthier beach/dune ecosystem, providing protection from erosion.
The specific threats to the Sea Turtle are covered in Main Sea Turtle Threats
None of the threats come from evolution or other natural causes. Humans have inflicted the damage.
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Part 1, Costa Rica Sea Turtles...
- Not Tortoises! Sea Turtles! – What’s the difference?
- Sea Turtles Then and Now
- Sea Turtle Population Threat
- Fun Facts About Sea Turtles
- Costa Rica Sea Turtle Species
- The Sea Turtle Life Cycle
Back to Introduction: Sea Turtles in Costa Rica
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Part 2, Sea Turtles in Costa Rica...
Costa Rica Sea Turtle Species & Peculiarities
- Sea Turtle species, description, habitat, diet & population status
Endangered Sea Turtles in Costa Rica
- Human’s cause Sea Turtle’s danger of extinction
Human’s Threaten Sea Turtle Extinction
- Sea Turtle endangerment is being caused by man.
Counting Sea Turtles
- Recording the sea turtle decline
Threats to Sea Turtles
- Each threat, in-depth
Saving Sea Turtles
– The cost of conservation is minimal