It's World Turtle Day. Here are some loggerhead sea turtle photos from 100 years ago when I was 25. I found this lady right as she was starting to lay her eggs. She had obviously been out of the water for much longer than they usually are. Her crawl was a little nutty. She didn't start laying her 80+ eggs until the sun was rising and afterwards, she was pretty disoriented and started going the opposite way of the ocean. It wasn't a great situation, but I grabbed a couple people and we turned her around and she eventually meandered into the big blue.
However, there was a damn fishing boat out there with a huge **$!%@ net right where she was swimming. We got in touch with coast guard and then the stupid fishing boat and things were "fine" in the end. Or were they?
Also. Do you notice the tire tracks in the photo? Even on National Seashores it's still OKAY to drive on the beaches. This is all kinds of horror, because people are often either assholes, apathetic, or ignorant and and they run over endangered bird species and their nests and babies (I have seen this countless times), they run over sea turtle nests, despite them being blatantly well marked. (I may or may not have made a grown man cry because he drove over a sea turtle nest with his ATV). Also, I have seen more dead sea turtles washed up on shore than I care to remember. Oftentimes they were killed by a motor from a boat and their death looked extremely painful and completely uncalled for. And by now, I hope you know that sea turtles view plastic bags as jellyfish and often die from eating them. Hey, an idea: Don't use plastic bags or straws. And cut those stupid plastic six-pack rings up. These are simple things to do. Give a damn.
There are 7 species of sea turtles. All are either endangered or threatened.
As much as we want to think we are, we are not the superior species.
Moral of the story: CARE. Don't drive off road, don't drive on the beach, stop the insane use of plastic. If you really insist on eating fish, know where it's coming from. Net fishing is devastating for sea turtles. Live a life that actively tries to help the world we as a species are annihilating.
Every little counts.