Sea Turtles face many threats in the wild. Some are natural, such as their predators and diseases.
Most of sea turtle species are endangered, with Kemp’s Ridley and Hawksbills being critically endangered. Unfortunately, it is mostly humans who are to blame for that. Most of the threats that affect sea turtle survival are man-made.
The threats that affect sea turtles the most:
- Overfishing and bycatch
- Ghost nets and other pollution (including plastic pollution on beaches and in the water)
- Climate change and ocean contamination
- Poaching for their meat and eggs
- Destruction of habitats and disturbance by human activities on beaches
Below we elaborate on each of these threats as well as mention what each one of us can do to reduce these threats.