Check Out: National Geographic – Sea Turtles are surviving – despite us
Sep 20, 2019
Green sea turtles congregate near a dock in the Bahamas. They were so numerous during Columbus’s day that “it seemed the ships would run aground on them.”
Craig Welch from The National Geographic has published this awe inspiring article on his story on the conservation of Sea Turtles. A cause so deep to our hearts, one of the reasons for starting Bambeco – to help save these endangered species.
Six of the world’s seven sea turtle species are considered vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered. The status of the seventh, the flatback of Australia, is unknown. Spend enough time watching sea turtles and it’s hard to escape how astonishing they are. They soar through oceans with winglike front flippers, dig nests using back appendages that scoop and toss sand almost like hands, and squeeze salt water, like tears, from glands near their eyes. Their mouths are similar to bird beaks, perhaps because turtles share a common ancestor with chickens. All but leatherbacks, with their layer of thick skin, have bony external skeletons covered in scutes of keratin, the material found in rhinoceros horns and our own fingernails. But each species is different.