One hundred and seventy five million years ago, a weird creature that did not belong with the dinosaurs crawled onto the sandy shore of a land now lost. And for those 175 million years, these creatures that crawled onto the beaches have stayed. They’ve gone all around the world.
With their hard backs and soft insides, they seem to be unstoppable having survived the meteor that killed the dinosaurs, and the ice age which killed the mammoths.
But, as it would seem, the luck of the turtles has run out.
Yes, they survived the meteor and the ice age, but they appear to be falling now. It appears they cannot survive in the time of Man.
In 2011 the Tortoise and Freshwater Turtle Specialist Group published a report with the 25 species of turtles about to go extinct and the 40 most likely to go extinct, 65 species out of a known 300.
In the words of the biologist George Amato, “the amount and the volume of captured turtles… (has) vacuumed up entire species from areas in Southeast Asia.” It is calculated that about 90% of the turtles living in Asia are threatened.
They are a species that have lived through everything. How sad would it be if those they share the planet with are those who end up killing them.
“A friend in need is a friend in deed,” I believe we got this saying from an old turtle based story. Ironic isn’t it.
So be the friend that the turtles like the Loggerhead turtle, the Ridley turtle and the Flatback turtle need.
Donate to the charity of your choice, the world, the turtles need it. And yes, you’ll be thinking who cares about a few dead turtles. But we should care. Because it would be a shame to see their face next to the face of a dodo in a book in the chapter titled “Extinct Animals.”
And the best way to start helping them is to get to know them a little.
So pop on down to Australia, where some of the more endangered species and some of the more common species are protected in aquariums throughout the country.
Why? Because you are their #BigTicketNext to survival!
And, just because we care, and we think it’s cool, here’s our list of the best looking turtles from around the world:
- Loggerhead Sea Turtle – this turtle is found throughout the world.
- Spotted Turtle – Also known as Clemmy’s Guttata and is found in Canada and the USA
- The Sea Turtle – Found in all seas and oceans except the Polar regions.
- The Leatherback Sea Turtle – Found all over the world.
- Olive Ridley Sea Turtle – A resident of warm water and tropical islands it’s found mostly in the Indian and Pacific oceans.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
World Turtle Day is May 23rd. Spend it with the turtles this year!
Get tickets to the Sea Life Aquariums in Melbourne, Sydney, Manly and Mooloolaba at zoonga.com.au!