Ningaloo Turtle Program

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HAPPY WORLD TURTLE DAY!

Our parents tortoise to be kind...

Shell I start by telling you the origin of world turtle day? 

Founded in 1990, American Tortoise Rescue is the founding sponsor of World Turtle Day. The purpose of this flipper'tastic day is to inspire us to learn about Turtles and Tortoises, so we can help them not only survive, but thrive. 

A BIT ABOUT TURTLES

There are seven species of marine turtles, all of which are listed as vulnerable. 

The main threats to these radical reptiles, are pollution and changes to important turtle habitats, especially coral reefs, seagrass beds, mangrove forests and nesting beaches. Other threats include accidental drowning in fishing gear, over-harvesting of turtles and eggs, and predation of eggs and hatchlings by foxes, dogs and other introduced predators. 

With a 1 in 1000 chance of a hatching reaching maturity it is essential that we do what we can to ensure their survival. 

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NINGALOO TURTLE PROGRAM

The Ningaloo coast is a World Heritage Site located in the north-west coastal region of Western Australia and supports a high diversity of marine life including; whales, dolphins, dugongs, manta rays, huge cod, and turtles.  
Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing coral reef in Australia.  From November to March, three of the worlds seven marine turtle species nest on the mainland beaches and islands, with only a few large nesting populations of the Green, Hawkbill and Loggerhead turtles left in the world, Ningaloo is one of the most precious and outstanding natural places in the world. 

"The Cape Conservation Group (CCG), the Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW), Murdoch University and WWF Australia have developed the Ningaloo Turtle Program to contribute to the conservation of marine turtles and their associated habitats". 

The Ningaloo Turtle program, a program run by volunteers, is using research, to gain wisdom on these elusive sea creatures. Through understanding, they are able to develop initiatives to ensure their survival, such as their 'no plastic bag campaign' and various community education projects, designed to empower individual members of the public to do their part to cherish and preserve these incredible reptiles. 

 

 
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HOW WILL YOU SHELLEBRATE WORLD TURTLE DAY?

If you too are in turtle awe of these magnificent creatures you can do your bit to ensure their protection.

You can;

  • Reduce your plastic use 
  • Take3 for the sea - pick up any litter you see before it has the chance to reach the ocean 
  • Learn about Turtles and educate those around you 
  • Use your imagination to inspire others to exercise compassion 
  • Volunteer for conservation groups like Ningaloo Turtle Program 

So whether you chose to dress up as a Turtle, wear green, or do some turtle inspired arts and craft make sure you shellebrate by telling the world how lucky we are to have these turtley awesome reptiles calling this planet home.


 

References; 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Turtle_Day

http://www.ningalooturtles.org.au/volunteer.html

https://vimeo.com/161289007

https://parks.dpaw.wa.gov.au/park/ningaloo

http://www.environment.gov.au/marine/marine-species/marine-turtles/oliveridley

http://wwf.panda.org/knowledge_hub/endangered_species/marine_turtles/

https://www.cites.org/eng/disc/text.php