It’s fair to say that there aren’t too many things in this world that are 220 million years old. Well actually there’s next to none but our humble friends, the sea turtle is one of them. Here at VONU we think these modern day dinosaurs, which for a matter of fact survived the weather changes that killed the dinosaurs, are pretty special and we want to ensure that they stick around for another 200 million years.
What you didn’t know about our friend, the Sea Turtle!
Although the sea turtle gained world wide fame through their star role in a classic cartoon, these guys are very interesting characters even without the ninja suits.
Eight things you probably don’t know about sea turtles:
- Their body is protected with upper shell called carapace.
- During nesting season female will return back to the same beach where she was born. She will find the right beach even after 30 years of absence.
- Turtle lays eggs in the holes in the sand. These “nests” can’t be recognised easily because turtle covers them with additional layer of sand. Depending on the species, each nest contains between 60-200 eggs.
- Temperature determines the gender of the baby turtles. Female will be born if the temperature of the egg is high and male if the temperature of the egg is low.
- Young turtles hatch during night and they use moonlight to find their way to the sea. Too many lights that are coming from the beach or from a nearby road can disorient and confuse young turtles.
- Sea turtles walk slowly on the ground because their flippers are adapted for swimming and not walking. They are excellent swimmers that can travel large distances. The Leatherback turtle can travel 12.000 miles from Indonesia to Oregon.
- Sea turtles will grab and eat plastic bag from the water because it looks like a jellyfish. This could kill sea turtle.
- Sea turtles have lungs and breathe atmospheric air. They spend most of their time under water but they need to come to the surface of the water to grab some air.
Unfortunately, Nearly all seven species of sea turtle are classified as endangered, and this is mostly due to human activity. Accidental capture through fishing and nets, poaching and global warming have all significantly impacted on the turtle populations.
At VONU, we are dedicated to working with the Mamanuca Environment Society in the:
- Construction and development of environments imperative for turtle breeding, nesting and survival.
- “Adopt a Turtle” program – designed to arm local resorts and islands with the skills and resources needed to conduct their own turtle-regeneration .
- Monitoring of turtle populations in the pacific islands through tag-and-release population study program.
It is through this amazing work of the Mamanuca environmental society and other turtle conservation programs around the world that the sea turtle can keep enchanting our oceans for millions of years to come.
To find out more about the Mamanuca environmental society’s turtle conservation program check out – https://mesfiji.org/projects/turtle-