Saturday, 6 December 2014

On the Second Day of Christmas My True Love Sent to Me… Two Turtle Doves #followthefrog

As you may know In September I went to an event with the rainforest Alliance to learn about their #followthefrog campaign, What I learned touched my heart, so I am using my Blog for the entire length of the campaign to help bring awareness to you all. With Christmas coming up, they have written an alternative '12 Days Of Christmas' and it can be found here on their blog
We said this was a Rainforest Alliance twist on this Christmas classic, so we’re giving you two turtles in place of turtle doves. Thankfully, turtle doves are abundant across Europe and other countries where they are found, but sadly turtles don’t have as much to sing about at Christmas.

All seven of the world’s sea turtles are endangered. They are hunted by humans for their meat, eggs and shells, they are accidentally captured in commercial fishing equipment, and they also face many predators throughout their early life. The good news is people around the world are trying to protect them in a number of ways, from using special nets to fish, to turning beach lights off during nesting season, to organising turtle protection programs.

Here are some species highlights of just two of these endangered beauties:

Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Photo credit: Alessandro DonaPhoto credit: Alessandro Dona
  • Green sea turtles have a grey, green, black and brown shell. Adult green sea turtles are herbivorous meaning their diet consists mainly of sea grasses and algae. Their green diet is thought to produce their greenish coloured fat, which gives them their very apt name!
  • They can reach speeds of up to 35mph (56kph)
  • They breathe air and when asleep are able to remain submerged for up to two hours without resurfacing for oxygen.
  • Females nest nocturnally, laying roughly 100 eggs at a time in their “clutch” or nest. Females return to the beaches where they were born to nest, often travelling great distances from the habitats where they feed during the rest of the year.
Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta)
Photo credit: Damien du ToitPhoto credit: Damien du Toit

  • Named for their large heads, loggerhead turtles are marine reptiles that regularly come to the surface to breathe.
  • Their average weight is 250lbs (113kg) with some even known to reach 1,000lbs (454kg)
  • Adult loggerheads use their powerful jaws to crush their prey, including, horseshoe crabs, mussels, and sea urchins. They also feed on jellyfish, whose stinging tentacles surprisingly don’t hurt them.
  • Loggerheads are found all over the world in tropical, subtropical and temperate waters, from Newfoundland to Argentina in the Atlantic Ocean, and from Alaska to Chile in the Pacific
Find out more about some of the world’s most endangered animals,what we are doing to help and what you can do too.

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