Turtle rescue efforts are some of the most important things happening for turtles today. People involved in turtle rescue efforts typically advocate on turtle conservation.
They focus on protection of turtles, nest conservation, education the public about the plight of turtles, and the rehabilitation of sick or injured turtles.
Sea turtle rescues result in all kinds of interesting things. Often, these efforts are located near a beach where sea turtles dig nests and lay their eggs.
The staff, interns, and volunteers at the rescue organizations may patrol the beaches watching for and protecting nesting activity.
If necessary, they can relocate nests or put up temporary fencing around the nests and then watch for emerging hatchlings which are released to go out to sea.
Individuals who have biological and marine science expertise may assist in feeding, treatment and other rehabilitation activities for injured or sick turtles.
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A major part of sea turtle conservation has to do with the breeding activity and nesting of the turtles.
This requires an incredible amount of focus since it is difficult to predict exactly when the hatchlings will emerge and when they will be ready to head to sea.
Rescuers will keep 24-hour watch on the nests when the time draws near.
When the hatchlings are ready, they will be watched only or guided if absolutely necessary.
Some rescue organizations allow members of the public to watch the hatchlings if it is considered safe enough for the baby turtles.
Some turtles that are rescued can be treated and released.
Turtles with minor injuries or illnesses that can be treated with antibiotics and care are kept for as short a time as possible.
If a turtle is missing limbs or flippers or can no longer stay underwater due to their injuries, they may have to remain in the rehab facility. These turtles can often be treated and then used as animal ambassadors.
Injured turtles are a good way to help educate the public about other sea turtles and why they need our help, while giving them their best chance at a longer life.
Some rescues help fund scholarships for students who are interested in biology, host camps for children who want to help or learn about turtles.