Simple ways to help sea turtles
Volunteering isn’t the only way to make a difference – we all have a part to play in our everyday lives, even when we’re a long way from turtle nesting beaches.
ON SEA TURTLE BEACHES
Avoid taking chairs and cool boxes as they can inadvertently crush turtle nests. Dim mobile phones from dusk to dawn, or keep them off the beach altogether. Artificial lights disorientate turtles. Choose watersports with care as turtles may be drawn to the sound of outboard motors and sometimes don’t see boats until it’s too late. Don’t fish near nesting beaches or, better still, visit fish instead by going snorkelling or scuba-diving.
Use reusable containers to avoid the single-use plastics in foodwrappers and carrier bags. Say no to the use of plastic straws since plastic never disintegrates, but merely breaks down into microplastics. Don’t release balloons as they can entangle and choke sea life; turtles often mistake deflated balloons and strings for food. Adopt a nesting turtle through one of the various schemes, such as the one run by AMI Turtle Watch.