Friday, October 23, 2009

Loggerhead Turtles Losing Nesting Grounds

2009 was bad year for the Loggerhead Turtle

Loggerheads are named for their relatively large heads with powerful jaws for feeding on hard-shelled prey. The top shell is slightly heart-shaped and reddish-brown, while the bottom shell is pale yellow. The neck and flippers are usually brown on top and yellow on the sides and bottom.

Florida accounts for nearly 90 percent of loggerhead nesting in the U.S., but nesting activity there has declined 40 percent in the last decade with 2009 marking the fourth lowest season on record.

The turtles face destructive fishing gear and increasing pollution wherever they forage. Their nesting beaches are being developed for human habitation in Florida.

Oceana Wants to Help Save Sea Turtles

We need to send campaigners to Capitol Hill to convince Congress to pass needed protections for sea turtles, so populations do not continue to decline. You can help make this happen.

Help them raise $20,000 by November 1 to support their work to gain comprehensive protections for Sea Turtles in Congress. Any amount will help.

We are losing 135 species
per day. Try to save one. This one.


John said...

awww, i love wildlife =)

Eric Asanovic said...

It's tragic we have to lose 135 species per hari.Penyu which species should be beautiful and this one should be maintained.

CyberCelt said...

@john-there are a lot less of them than when I was young and we lose more each day.

@eric-they all have a place on the Earth.


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