How YOU can help save our marine wildlife!
Will YOU help protect our endangered marine wildlife?
Prepare for a splash kids, because we’re about to embark on an ocean voyage to save our marine wildlife from extinction!
We’re focusing on two of our favourite sea species – turtles and seahorses. Sadly, these cute creatures are endangered, but with a little help from our friends at the Marine Conservation Society, we’re going to show you exactly what you can do to help save these incredible creatures.
Turtles in trouble
Turtles have been swimming in our oceans for at least 110 million years! But sadly, human activities threaten turtle populations all over the world. All seven species are included on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Endangered Species.
What are the threats?
- – Turtles can easily become tangled up in gill nets and fish traps set inshore close to the nesting beaches. The nets aren’t there to catch turtles, but they can often get caught in massive drift nets, or hooked on longlines set for tuna and swordfish by mistake.
- – Marine turtles depend on a variety of habitats at sea, as well as the all-important nesting beaches. Sadly, these beaches are under pressure to develop by the tourism industry, making it difficult for turtles to breed.
- – Ocean pollution is harming turtles and their habitat. Chemical pollution, such as oil spills, can harm the turtles and contaminate their environment. Litter such as plastic bags pose a threat to baby turtles who mistake them for food like jellyfish. Turtles can’t digest plastic and this can harm them and even kill them.
How can I help?
If we don’t act now to change the way we treat marine turtles and their habitat we may lose some populations forever.
Through Adopt-a-Turtle you can help us support research and conservation projects around the world working hard for a better future for our marine turtles.
Seahorses are suffering
They may look like tiny horses, but seahorses are actually fish! Two seahorse species are found around the British coastline – the Spiny Seahorse and the Short Snouted Seahorse – and there are more than 40 species worldwide. They’re the only species on earth in which the male falls pregnant and carries the babies. Seahorses live in shallow weedy areas, especially eel grass beds. In winter they move into deeper waters to escape the rough weather. Sadly, seahorses are another marine species that faces threats of extinction.
What are the threats?
- – Over 150 million seahorses are taken from the wild for the traditional Chinese medicine trade.
- – Around one million are taken from the wild to be sold as souvenirs. Along with shells and starfish they are taken from the sea and left to die in the sun.
- – The pet trade takes around one million seahorses from the wild for aquaria. Most will not survive and will die in captivity.
- – Current fishing practices such as beam trawling are detrimental to seahorses, who can easily get caught in their nets.
How can I help save our marine wildlife?
- – Encourage friends and family not to buy dried seahorses as souvenirs when they go abroad
- – Support volunteer divers who monitor seahorse colonies around the UK.
- – Check out Adopt-a-Seahorse, which supports research and conservation projects around the world that are working hard for a better future for seahorses.