Sea turtles travel between land and sea and swim thousands of miles during their lifetimes, exposing them to countless threats. They wait decades until they can reproduce, returning to the same beaches where they were born, to lay eggs. Only few of these eggs yield hatchlings and just 1 in a 1,000 survives to adulthood.
Beyond these significant natural challenges, sea turtles face multiple threats caused by humans. Human activities have tipped the scales against the survival of these ancient mariners. Nearly all species of sea turtle are classified as Endangered. Slaughtered for their eggs, meat, skin and shells, sea turtles suffer from poaching and over-exploitation. They also face habitat destruction and accidental capture in fishing gear.
India is blessed with a coastline of about 8,000 kms long, dotted with nesting sites for a variety of marine species, including 5 species of sea turtles. Orissa alone supports a nesting population of half a million Olive Ridley sea turtles, making it one of the most critical conservation sites for this specie globally. Ports, trawl nets, gill nets and tourism are killing these turtles more than ever now!
ONEFORBLUE partners Sahyadri Nisarga Mitra, a conservation Non Profit based in Maharashtra’s coastline, to support Sea Turtle Conservation.