Sea Turtle Adoption Kit
The biggest threats to sea turtles by far are human related. Oil spills, habitat loss due to development, entanglement in marine debris such as plastic bags, and even the theft of eggs are major concerns for the future of these species. Exposure to oil can cause skin loss, poisoning, drowning, and death. Artificial lighting coming from beach communities confuses turtles who follow the reflections of the moon and stars on the waves to guide them back to water, making them more vulnerable to predators, dehydration, and vehicle strikes. In some countries, turtle shells are traded on the black market and turtles and their eggs are harvested for food. Climate change is also a growing concern since the temperature of the sand determine the sexes of the baby turtles - warmer sand means a change in the ration of males to females.
Your adoption supports our work to protect vital coastal nesting habitat, educate coastal homeowners about their impacts, and work in the courts to defend and enforce the laws that protect sea turtles.