Sea Turtles

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Last Updated: 24 April 2022

Sea turtles are aquatic reptiles with streamlined bodies and large fins that are well-adapted to life in the ocean. Although sea turtles live the majority of their lives in the ocean, adult ladies lay their prompt land. Leatherback turtles are amongst the most highly migratory animals in the world, traveling as many as 10,000 miles or more annually. Sea turtles face substantial threats around the globe consisting of: Bycatch in entertainment and commercial fisheries; Loss and deterioration of nesting and foraging habitats because of coastal growth, pollution, and climate change; In some areas, killing of turtles and collection of eggs for intake; Entanglement in marine debris; Vessel strikes. We lead the preservation and recovery of sea turtles in the marine environment, while the U. S. FWS has the lead for the conservation and recovery of these pets on nesting beaches. Globally, the preservation and recovery of sea turtles calls for multilateral collaboration to make sure the survival of these very migratory types.

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