Save the Green Sea Turtles

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Green sea turtles are biotic which means they are living organisms in the environment.They live off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands, Puerto Rico , the Virgin Islands, and the east coast of Florida. They can also be found off the Atlantic coast of Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. Green sea turtles are both primary and secondary consumers. Primary consumers eat plants while secondary consumers eat meat. They are both primary and secondary consumers because when a green sea turtle is a juvenile it is an omnivore which means it eats plants and other animals. Then they mature and become herbivores and only eats plants. They can live 80-100 years if they are healthy. But now that there has been an increase in pollution it is less likely that they would live this long.

The green sea turtle impacts us because if they die then many other organisms in the food chain would also die. Sea turtles eat sea grass and need to constantly keep it short so it is healthy. The sea grass needs to be healthy because it is where many fish species go to breed. If the fish can't breed then the harvesters can't get the fish they need. This would lead to the energy levels in the food chain decreasing. Then the human species would not get as much energy because the law of 10. The law of 10 is when the species above the level below gets only 10% of the energy. Use humans and fish for an example, humans eating fish humans in the highest trophic level while fish are below, when we eat fish we would only get 10% of the energy that the fish got from eating their food. In this we see interdependence and if one organism were to go extinct then the whole system would collapse and it would result in the entire ecosystem losing amounts of energy.

They are endangered because they often get caught in fishing nets and can’t escape or because of long line fishing, which suffocates the turtle. Sometimes after they are caught they are used in sea turtle soup. It is one of the largest negative impacts humans have on green sea turtle. Another reason is because the oceans are so polluted with garbage and they mistake trash for food. There is also climate change and habitat loss. Some diseases such as fibropapilloma, a disease that is specific to sea turtles and it impacts the turtle by giving it tumors on the surface of its tissues. Communities have created organizations to help more hatch lings get to the ocean. People are trying their very best to restore nesting beaches that are endangered, such as the Gulf of Mexico. These organizations also try to stop or limit light pollution. Light pollution is when there is a bright light that the hatch lings go to instead of the ocean and this often happens to the sea turtles. To try and save the habitats and help save the turtles, people have created organizations that limit light pollution.

Thank you for reading and I hope you will support the green sea turtles.



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