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The Top 10 Dangers for Loggerhead Sea Turtles

Loggerhead sea turtles top 10 dangers
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September 20, 2023

Loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) are considered are considered an endangered species. They are at significant risk of becoming extinct in the near future if the decline continues. Loggerheads face several dangers and threats to their survival. And these threats are primarily the result of human activities and environmental changes. That means if humans change their behaviors we can help prevent their extinction.

Here are some of the main dangers for loggerhead sea turtles:

  1. Habitat Destruction: Coastal development and habitat destruction are significant threats to loggerhead sea turtles. Construction of buildings, roads, and other infrastructure along nesting beaches can disrupt nesting sites and disorient hatchlings.
  2. Light Pollution: Artificial lights from beachfront properties can disorient hatchlings, leading them away from the ocean and towards danger, such as roads or predators.
  3. Pollution: Pollution in the form of plastics, chemicals, and oil spills can harm loggerhead sea turtles. Ingesting plastic debris can lead to blockages in their digestive systems, while exposure to toxic chemicals can have various health impacts.
  4. Climate Change: Climate change affects sea turtle nesting sites. Rising sea levels can inundate nesting beaches, and increased temperatures can skew the sex ratio of hatchlings, as warmer sand tends to produce more females.
  5. Fishing Gear: Loggerheads are often accidentally caught in fishing gear such as trawl nets, longlines, and crab traps. This bycatch can lead to injury or death.
  6. Boat Strikes: Collisions with boats and ships can cause serious injuries or fatalities to loggerhead sea turtles, especially in areas with heavy boat traffic.
  7. Coastal Development: Development and erosion control measures like seawalls and jetties can disrupt nesting beaches and alter the natural coastline.
  8. Egg Poaching: In some areas, loggerhead sea turtle eggs are illegally harvested for consumption or sale on the black market. This practice threatens the survival of the species by reducing the number of hatchlings that can reach the sea.
  9. Predators: Natural predators, such as raccoons and birds, can pose a threat to loggerhead sea turtle nests and hatchlings.
  10. Disease: Loggerheads are susceptible to diseases, including fibropapillomatosis, a virus that causes the growth of tumors on their skin and internal organs.

Conservation efforts are underway to address these dangers and protect loggerhead sea turtles. These efforts include establishing protected nesting beaches, implementing regulations to reduce bycatch, promoting responsible coastal development, and educating the public about the importance of sea turtle conservation.

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