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Environments impacted by Sea Turtles:

Seagrass Beds

  • Main part of the Green Sea Turtle’s diet is comprised of feeding on seagrass beds. Their actions remove the more mature grasses which leads to seagrass regeneration. Seagrass beds are really flowering plants that spend their whole life underwater.
  • These feedings reduce the amount of nitrogen levels in the water. When seagrass decomposes, it uses dissolved oxygen which prevents light going to deeper waters and blocks the development of new ocean life.
  • Green Sea Turtles contribute to the ocean’s well-being with nurturing additional growth of the seagrasses and decrease build-up of slime molds.
  • Other types of ocean life such as fish and crustacean families are dependent on these seagrass beds. They provide an environment for reproduction and shelter for their early stages of growth.

Coral Reefs

  • Coral reefs are an underwater ecosystem that are formed with reef-building corals. Hawksbill Sea Turtles grasp the marine sponges with their beak-like shaped mouths to remove them.
  • By creating an environment for other species to inhabit these new areas, such as shrimp, lobster and tuna. The marine sponges are taken away, the coral reefs are able to begin the creation process for new development of coral.
  • Instant food source becomes available when the sponges are being harvested by the turtles, due to the opening up of the interior surface of the sponges.
  • Hawksbill Sea turtles are positively contributing to increasing the amount of varieties of oceanlife within the reef populations.

Beach Dunes

  • Beach dunes provide shelter for inland areas, within these protected areas sea turtles lay their eggs. The unhatched eggs contain essential nutrients that transfer to nearby vegetation and small organisms that live on shore.
  • Beach dunes have limitations to store these nutrients, unhatched sea turtle’s eggs are able to transfer their nutritional value both vegetation and root systems.
  • Seaturtle’s eggs also offer animals another food source. The animal’s droppings merge back into the beach dunes for continuous distribution resulting in equilibrium in the habitat.