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Sea turtles—air breathing reptiles that are well adapted to life in the marine environment—regularly nest on U.S. beaches and depend on coastal waters for foraging and migration. During the summer and fall, four species of sea turtles are commonly found in Massachusetts waters: green (Chelonia mydas), Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), loggerhead (Caretta caretta), and leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea). All four of these species are listed as either threatened or endangered under the Massachusetts Endangered Species Act and the U.S. Endangered Species Act (and all seven of the world's sea turtle species are federally listed as threatened or endangered). This CZ-Tip provides information about these amazing animals, explains the threats to sea turtles, gives tips on what you can do to protect turtles, and more.
Though most sea turtle populations were drastically reduced by historical egg harvest and hunting, few countries still engage in these activities. Today's threats are not targeted at the turtles, but they can still devastate their populations. These threats include:
Sea turtles have been around since the age of the dinosaurs. You can help safeguard their populations today by:
Reporting Stranded Sea Turtles - In Massachusetts, there are two distinct sea turtle stranding seasons: 1) summer and fall due to a variety of natural and human-related causes, including entanglements and boat collisions, and 2) late fall and winter due to cold stunning (when turtles go into shock from dropping water temperatures). If you come across a sea turtle stranded on the beach, even if it looks dead, it may not be—cold-stunned turtles that have washed ashore have very low heart rates (as little as one beat per minute). These and other stranded turtles are often dehydrated, hypothermic, or have sustained injuries and will require assistance before they can re-enter the water. Do not attempt to take matters into your own hands—call the NOAA Marine Animal Hotline (866-755-6622) and wait for trained and authorized emergency responders to help. The following organizations are involved in stranded sea turtle rescue and rehabilitation:
Reporting Entangled Sea Turtles - If you come across an entangled sea turtle at sea:
Boating and Fishing Responsibly - To avoid boat strikes and gear entanglement that cause injury or death to sea turtles (as well as other marine animals), follow these general rules on the water:
Reducing Marine Debris - To help prevent sea turtle casualties from trash and discarded materials, follow these simple rules.