Endangered Sea Turtles Role in Marine Ecosystem

Have you ever seen a Sea Turtle floating nonchalantly under the water? Well, if not, in that case, you should definitely consider going for scuba dive. No! We are not promoting scuba diving here. Just that it’s enchanting to watch these creatures wandering peacefully in their own habitat. Their smooth strokes and effortless swimming makes the flying illusion more realistic. 

 

Other than being one of the most lovely and loved aquatic creatures, very few people know how important these creatures are to our marine ecosystem and its healthy cycle. Six of the seven species of sea turtles that swim the planet’s waters—leatherback, loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley, green, olive ridley, and hawksbill—are found in every ocean except the Arctic and Antarctic. The seventh, the flatback, lives only in the waters around Australia.

 

Sea Turtles play essential roles in ocean ecosystems, such as:

  • Maintaining healthy seagrass beds and coral reefs
  • Providing vital habitat for other marine life
  • Helping to balance aquatic food webs.
  • Facilitating nutrient cycling from water to land, etc. are some key elements.

 

 Apart from the above, they also help in:

 

  • Increasing the productivity and nutrient content of seagrass blades.
  • Allowing other species such as coral to colonize and grow by removing sponges from reefs
  • Helping in the reduction in the population of Jellyfish (Yes, they are dangerous even for the marine ecosystem).
  • Aiding in the aeration and nutrient distribution of the sediments as well as the species diversity and dynamics of the benthic ecosystem by sweeping the sea bed in search of food.

( Interesting Fact - Do you know only 28% of the oxygen on our planet is generated by Rain-forest, whereas more than 70% of oxygen comes from Marine Plants. ) 

 

 Still, we lack complete knowledge of the benefits we gain from them. Since the decline in the population of giant sea turtle occurred centuries ago, we require a proper perspective or a dependable baseline against which to compare their current state. Due to the lack of historical information, some past ecological functions of sea turtles during periods of high abundance are forgotten. 


Over the past 200 years, activities of humans have lowered the scales against the endurance of these aged mariners. They are slaughtered for their eggs, flesh, skin, and shells, sea turtles undergo from poaching and over-exploitation to what not. They also have to go through habitat destruction and accidental capture—known as bycatch—in fishing gear. Climate change has an impact on turtle nesting sites; it alters sand temperatures, which then affects the sex of hatchlings. Mostly all species of sea turtle are now classified as endangered. Several organizations are working towards the recovery of these species. Are you willing to help?


Guys, we are simply the middle-men trying to work for a change. Our brand gives a percentage of profit from each sale to these causes worldwide. We try to assure you that when you buy, you feel good, not just satisfied!


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