Wednesday, October 10


"Communities is the best agents for conservation. Communities that are aware of and is educated about the impact of their actions to the environment and their lives will come together to safeguard, sustain and improve their natural heritages. This is evidenced all around the globe. Lets us together, joining hands immerge towards a better kind of communities that are aware of this very-very important issues that human just ignored it......."

Why We Care About Sea Turtles?
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. Suddenly, however, they are struggling to survived, largely because of things people are doing to the planet's oceans and beaches. But what does this mean for the human species?It is possible that a world in which sea turtles can not survive may soon become a world in which humans struggle to survive. If, however, we learn from our mistakes and begin changing our behavior, there is still time to save sea turtles from extinction. In the process, we will be saving one of the earth's most mysterious and time-honored creatures. We might just be saving ourselves too. Major ecological effects of sea turtle extinction
Do you know that sea turtles, especially green sea turtles, are one of the very few animals to eat sea grass. Like normal lawn grass, sea grass needs to be constantly cut short to be healthy and help it grow across the sea floor rather than just getting longer grass blades. Sea turtles and manatees act as grazing animals that cut the grass short and help maintain the health of the sea grass beds. Over the past decades, there has been a decline in sea grass beds. This decline may be linked to the lower numbers of sea turtles.
Sea grass beds are important because they provide breeding and developmental grounds for many species of fish, shellfish and crustaceans. Without sea grass beds, many marine species humans harvest would be lost, as would the lower levels of the food chain. The reactions could result in many more marine species being lost and eventually impacting humans. So if sea turtles go extinct, there would be a serious decline in sea grass beds and a decline in all the other species dependant upon the grass beds for survival. All parts of an ecosystem are important, if you lose one, the rest will eventually follow.
Beaches and dune systems do not get very many nutrients during the year, so very little vegetation grows on the dunes and no vegetation grows on the beach itself. This is because sand does not hold nutrients very well. Sea turtles use beaches and the lower dunes to nest and lay their eggs. Sea turtles lay around 100 eggs in a nest and lay between 3 and 7 nests during the summer nesting season. Along a 20 mile stretch of beach around the world. Not every nest will hatch, not every egg in a nest will hatch, and not all of the hatchlings in a nest will make it out of the nest. All the unhatched nests, eggs and trapped hatchlings are very good sources of nutrients for the dune vegetation, even the left over egg shells from hatched eggs provide some nutrients.
Dune vegetation is able to grow and become stronger with the presence of nutrients from turtle eggs. As the dune vegetation grows stronger and healthier, the health of the entire beach/dune ecosystem becomes better. Stronger vegetation and root systems helps to hold the sand in the dunes and helps protect the beach from erosion. As the number of turtles declines, fewer eggs are laid in the beaches, providing less nutrients. If sea turtles went extinct, dune vegetation would lose a major source of nutrients and would not be as healthy and would not be strong enough to maintain the dunes, resulting in increased erosion.

Once again, all parts of an ecosystem are important, if you lose one, the rest will eventually follow.Sea turtles are part of two ecosystems, the beach/dune system and the marine system. If sea turtles went extinct, both the marine and beach/dune ecosystems would be negatively affected. And since humans utilize the marine ecosystem as a natural resource for food and since humans utilize the beach/dune system for a wide variety of activities, a negative impact to these ecosystems would negatively affect humans.

After reading, listening and eye watching whats is really happening, we think as a beginner in helping preserving eco- system and marine wildlifes which is also our local heritages since years and years, this is what we gonna do;

· A beach clean-up activities at Cherating Turtles Sanctuary Centre beachside area,

· To brief and give informations to participants in environmental educations and awareness about marine eco-system especially extinctions turtles population to program participants especially to our new generations from primary and secondary scholls.

· Release newly born turtles hatchlings to the beach activities by program participant, which is once in a lifetime opportunity to feel, to meet and to understand this beautifull extinction species and their importantes in our eco-system.. If we still ignored them, this might be the last generations that meet them......

So Lets keep it up together to makes sure our heritages still here for our generations and our eco-system become more balances than ever.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

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