How to Help Save Sea Turtles

Cyprus Is Getting It Right!

We couldn’t resist sharing this photo of a just-hatched baby sea turtle on Cyprus’s protected Lara beach from GlobalCitizen.org. According to the article, “…though the Loggerhead and Green turtles were hunted to near extinction in the first half of the last century, they are now making a dramatic comeback thanks to pioneering conservation efforts on Cyprus.” Kudos to the turtles—as well as to the people of Cyprus, who are taking steps to protect them!

Cyprus Turtle Conservation

Image: Petros Karadjias/AP

Conservation efforts on Cyprus include:

  • Protecting the nests of sea turtles against key predators such as dogs and foxes.
  • Aligning with fisherman and fisheries to help prevent turtles from becoming entangled in fishing nets.
  • Creating awareness about the impact humans have on turtles, especially unchecked building and development near key turtle habitats.

Want to learn some simple ways that you and your family can help protect sea turtles? Check out these 5 Things You Can Do to Save Sea Turtles from Defenders.org.

Cleaning up after yourself on the beach or in the park does more than just leave a pleasant setting for the next happy camper. It actually helps save lives, like our little friend above. And when you consider that only one in a thousand sea turtles makes it all the way to adulthood, the more we can do to help, the better!

comment_2Have you ever participated in a beach or park cleanup—either alone or as part of a group? What feelings did it evoke? We’d love to hear about it! Just leave us a comment below.

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