If the ocean is healthy, sea turtles will also be healthy. Sea turtles graze on seagrass, allowing the plant’s blades to get more nutrients and thrive instead of becoming overgrown and rotting. This provides other animals with a larger place where they can feed and live. Sea turtles also provide habitat for small crabs and barnacles. As turtles travel through the sea, the animals attached to the shell of the turtles grow more substantial and can spread to new places, improving the dispersal of various animal species.
The sad fact is that many sea turtles die after ingesting plastic waste or are caught and killed by fisheries that are looking for commercial species. Nesting sea turtles also can’t find a place to drop these eggs in as the once tranquil, dark nesting beaches are now lit up by houses and commercial establishments. Practicing the following beach etiquettes is essential to protect the ocean and sea turtles.
Spread the word about ocean conservation and protection of marine life. You can use social media to improve awareness about ocean conservation. Recruit your friends and family members to the cause. Even if you don’t live near the ocean, you can still contribute by donating to cleanup charities, educational foundations and conservation groups. Look for charities in your area that help clean the sea and protect marine life and see if they are collecting supplies or holding a fundraiser for a cleanup project.