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What is the biggest threat to sea turtles?

  • Climate Change (20% people answered this)
  • People (69% people answered this)
  • Access to Food (5% people answered this)
  • Disease (4% people answered this)

3740 people answered.


Correct answer is: People

People are the biggest threat to sea turtles. From coastal development to commercial fisheries, interactions with humans are impacting sea turtles at every life stage and across their varied habitats. On the beach, rampant seaward development has increased coastal erosion creating less than suitable nesting habitat for females. Artificial lighting from these developments then disorients hatchlings when they emerge from their nests, leading them toward the land rather than the ocean. During their juvenile life stage, sea turtles are impacted in their nearshore developmental habitats by water pollution from run off. They also feed on bits of plastic debris, which can lead to difficulty eating or even death. As adults, sea turtles begin migrating from their feeding areas to their natal nesting beach. These long migrations result in increased interactions with commercial fisheries. Sea turtles in the adult life stage are also threatened by poaching for meat, eggs and shells. All of these threats can be co


To ensure the survival of sea turtles through research, education, training, advocacy and the protection of the natural habitats upon which they depend. Sea Turtle Conservancy (STC) conducts research on key sea turtle nesting beaches, including monitoring nesting behavior and using satellite to track turtle migrations. STC also focuses on teaching indigenous communities in our major program areas about sustainable methods of using sea turtle conservation to create an ecotourism-based economy. Sea Turtle Conservancy's education initiatives also aim to teach locals and tourists about the threats facing sea turtles and the opportunities for conservation. In the United States, STC is active in advocacy to protect nesting beaches by supporting positive regulations to safeguard sea turtles in their costal and ocean habitats. Educationally, STC conducts a satellite-tacking education program to help teachers worldwide to incorporate sea turtle conservation into their science and environmental curriculums, allowing students to track the migratory movements of these turtles. Internationally, Sea Turtle Conservancy focuses on encouraging good fishing practices that reduce sea turtle mortality. 1. Conduct research to identify and combat threats 2. Engage and educate emerging biologists, students and general audiences about sea turtle threats and solutions 3. Advocate for safer policies and regulations for safeguarding sea turtles and protecting thier habitats

Much can be learned about the condition of the planet's environment by looking at sea turtles. They have existed for over 100 million years, and they travel throughout the world's oceans. But in last 100 years, sea turtles populations have declined drastically. Today, all sea turtles found in U.S. waters are federally listed as threatened or endangered. It is estimated that only one in 1,000 hatchlings will survive to reach adulthood. Take the quiz to learn more about the issues impacting sea turtles today!


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