Turtles are greatly endangered due to both light and plastic. Both seem harmless. But they are greatly damaging the population of sea turtles.
It is not uncommon to build hotels or other accommodations on the seashore. But it is harmful. Turtles are naturally guided by the moon to the sea once they hatch from their eggs on the beach. But the lights now guide the turtles away from the beach. They soon die.
Then there's plastic. They mistake it for jellyfish (one of their favorite foods) and die because they cannot digest it. Their life expectancy is 80 years in the wild, but now these dangers threaten their lifespans. And, to add to the cumulative effect of this misery for the graceful creatures, only 1 out of every 100 eggs laid will survive to adulthood. The turtles' chances of survival naturally are not great, and that is why we need to be more aware of their peril to this day.
Every species of sea turtle is endangered. That means that one of these species could go extinct if we all keep going with these wasteful ways. We have to try and stop it when these things happen to the fragile world around us.
What We Can Do:
• Use less plastic
• Try not to stay in hotels on the seashore or
• Encourage your hotel to use light dimmer than the moon
• Buy reusable cloth bags at your local store
• "Adopt" a turtle at a wildlife conserving website like WWF or Defenders of Wildlife
• Cut up any 6-pack plastic rings or balloons or
• Don't buy any flimsy plastic items