“We need to raise awareness about sea turtles because most people don’t even know that they’re in trouble,” said Walsh. “If people know about what’s actually happening in the water, it will encourage them to take action to help save sea turtles.”
Over the summer, Oceana and Walsh traveled to Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge on St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands, an important nesting area for leatherback turtles. It was an ideal place to film at a time when baby sea turtles were hatching and making their journey out to sea.
“It was such an amazing experience to see green sea turtles gliding through the water,” said Walsh. “Watching little leatherback hatchlings venture out to the open ocean showed just how fragile these species really are.”
Out of the seven sea turtle species worldwide, six swim in U.S. waters and all of them are either listed as “threatened” or “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act. Fishing nets, pollution, coastal development and other man-made threats all contribute to hundreds of thousands of turtles dying each year.
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