Turtles Get Their Own Year.

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Green Turtle and Remora

Green Turtle, Red Sea.

After approximately 220 million years on this planet we humans have decided to honour this ancient creature with it’s very own year.

Conservation group, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (PARC), in conjunction with other Turtle conservation groups have designated 2011 as the Year of the Turtle in the quest to bring attention to the plight of Turtles world wide.

Nearly 50% of Turtle species are under the threat of extinction with climate change being one of the major problems. Some species of Turtles will produce male or female offspring dependant on the temperature of their nests, warm nests producing females, cooler nests producing males.

Other factors threatening Turtles include habitat loss and degradation, overharvesting of wild Turtles for food, mortality from roads, agricultural machinery, fishing bycatch and predators, invasive exotic species and diseases and loss of unique genetic makeup due to hybridization.

So as you can see from that list Turtles have enough to deal with without humans adding to the mix.

As divers, Turtles are usually one of our favourite creatures to see in the water, now’s our chance to help them out. Year of the Turtle News, events and articles can be found on the PARC website, this also includes photo competitions so time to go back through your diving photos and find your favourite Turtle pics.

Let’s hope that it’s not to late to save this amazing animal from extinction.

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published on May 2, 2011 by jason
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