Animals Sea Turtle by  Philippe Guillaume

Published on April 19th, 2012 | by ecolocalizer


Making a Better Future for Endangered Sea Turtles in Africa (Video)

Sea Turtles make a come back in Southern Africa

I found this touching and beautiful video about protecting the endangered leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles of South Africa and Southern Mozambique. With daily news of oceanic dead zones, megalithic plastic ocean pollution, and our dwindling oceanic species, it is good to see a story that lends a shred of hope for the planet.  This video explores the amazing life of one of the earth’s most ancient creatures and describes how a coalition of environmental groups have worked together to save the sea turtle from extinction.

The beginning of life for these enduring animals is so fragile that only 1-2% of all hatched sea turtles survive into adulthood. After a nest hatches, the baby sea turtles begin to make their way to the ocean. It can take several days to get to protected deeper waters.  On their way to safety, the baby loggerhead and leatherback  attempts to elude predators such as crabs, birds, and fish near the shoreline. This fact makes it difficult to increase sea turtle populations.  It is estimated in the video that conservation efforts can take as long as 35 years to begin seeing an increase in the sea turtle population.


I am grateful and applaud organizations like The Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve, Ponta do Ouro-Kosi Bay TFCA, Lubombo TFCA, iSimangaliso Wetland Park, and PeaceParks Foundation for their determination to preserve a species for future generations.  And thanks to Green Renaissance for producing this turtle video and other videos which bring attention to the unsung heroes of environmental protection.

Sea Turtle Photo by Attribution Some rights reserved by Philippe Guillaume


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2 Responses to Making a Better Future for Endangered Sea Turtles in Africa (Video)

  1. Sea turtle restoration does take decades, but it is happening in small pockets all across the globe. The last time we were in Mexico I spent the day with Frank Smith, the Director of a non-profit organization, Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde, that has been helping to increase the population of sea turtles in that Nayarit region. It was amazing to hold a fragile newly born sea turtle in my hands, while helping them to safely make the potentially dangerous trip to the ocean.

  2. This species is also being endangered by ocean debris. Plastic bags constitute a huge portion of this. They eat the bags, which then block their digestive systems and they die. This could be eliminated by recycling the bags, but that requires individual responsibility, and any of us can look around and see how well that’s working. Saving the turtles is another reason to ban plastic shopping bags.

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