Ecologists can add a new achievement on their list. Recent reports show that they managed to improve the situation of endangered sea turtles. It seems like the number of the slow animals nesting on the coast of North Carolina is increasing, thanks to the conservation programs.
People at The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission are in charge of supervising the process. They monitor the number of sea turtles which come to lay their eggs on the Carolina beaches. According to the latest statistics, there are approximately 1,600 sea turtle nests on the Carolina beaches.
Researchers are enthusiasts at the thought that so many sea turtle babies will be heading towards the ocean soon. However, not all of them will survive. The eggs can be stolen by predators, the babies can also be attacked, and these are just o few of the threats that sea turtles are facing.
Once they get into the ocean, they are not safe, either. There are predators too, as the food chain is always functioning. Moreover, they are also exposed to polluted waters, as well as illegal trapping by people. They are often hunted for their shell.
Ecologists have been struggling to help sea turtles regain their initial numbers for more than ten years. Among the actions taken by authorities in order to protect the animals, there is the attempt at reducing pollution. Another action performed by them to benefit the sea creature is lowering the number of lights on the shore at night, as well as their intensity. The lights can confuse baby sea turtles trying to make their way to the ocean.
The autumn months stand as the specific season of nesting and hatching eggs for sea turtles. Tourists who go to the beach in this period should know that the sea turtle nests are marked by signs. They are not allowed to go near them or to disturb the animals. There are also penalties for people who interfere with the natural process of sea turtle nesting.
Officials also intend to keep the beaches as clean as possible this time of the year. They also ask people to remove their items, such as beach furniture, at night, because baby sea turtles could get hurt or confused because of them.
There are seven sea turtle species in the world. It is easy for wildlife experts to keep track of sea turtle females, as they come to beaches every year to lay their eggs.
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