Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Sea Turtle Week 2015: If Turtles Could Fly

If turtles could fly -


  • they'd be swimming in blue sky...
Photo Credit: Kevin Boyer
  • they would dig nests in the clouds...
Photo Credit: en.wikipedia.org
  • they'd use their carapaces to protect them from eagles...

  • they'd still mistake balloons for food...
Photo Credit: David Donnelly and Laura Clark


















  • they would be such a rare sight that people would run out of buildings, shielding their eyes from the sun with their hands, just to watch them cross the sky...

Photo Credit: Living Ocean Scuba

It's #SeaTurtleWeek! Did you know that 6 of the 7 species of sea turtle can be found in U.S. waters? Do you know their names? You can CLICK HERE to visit the official NOAA Fisheries Sea Turtle Week website. Check out the turtles AND the cool stuff NOAA is doing to protect and study them.

And don't miss the Reddit "Ask Me Anything" event with NOAA's Barbara Schroeder this Thursday. She's the coordinator of their Sea Turtle Conservation and Recovery Program:
CLICK HERE to find out all about that!

I love sea turtles. They proceed majestically, grandly, along the reef, on business much too important to notice silly humans in rubber suits. Watching one nest last year was a magical moment of my life. Seeing them swim by is always a privilege. 

Here are some easy ways to protect them. Reuse/recycle plastic bags. Don't buy and never ever release balloons. Join in cleanups of waterways when you can - when plastic debris reaches the ocean it is eaten by turtles.

Happy Sea Turtle Week! 





13 comments:

  1. Amazing photos, that first one is so beautiful
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  2. OMD that is so COOL.... We love Turtles and tortoises

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    1. They are some of my favorite animals!

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  3. we actually saw turtle tracks on the beach this morning - it is nesting time around here at the moment

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    1. We saw turtles on almost every dive in Bonaire a few weeks ago - very unusual. The dive masters said it was because nesting season begins in June. If you saw tracks there is probably a nest, unless she changed her mind. In Mexico on the turtle workshop they said sometimes they start digging and decide something doesn't suit them, turn around, and try again the next night.

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  4. Love the first one! I always see at least two or three of them in the summers when I go scalloping.

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    1. Sounds awesome to go scalloping. Bet you see a lot of interesting marine life while doing that.

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  5. I loved this post! It reminded me of when my step sister was 5 yrs old and we all went to the aquarium. The turtles were eye level (because they were viewed underwater), and she looked at them and shrieked, "It's flying turtles!!!"

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    1. Oh wow, like flying monkeys! That's so funny!

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  6. Great post. I e always liked turtles they do look like their flying

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    1. Thanks Kate, they do, they are so graceful underwater. Not so much on land, it was like watching a boulder climb up the beach.

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  7. Wonderful post! I've never seen a sea turtle but they sure look cool. I can't believe anyone still releases balloons - awful! I find them in the forest all the time.

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  8. I love Sea Turtles too. They are so graceful in the water. Thanks for this beautiful post. Cool t-shirt hack too. X Susie

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