Turtle Time!

For example, if the green sea turtle were no longer able to “trim” the seagrass by eating it, this ecosystem would not be able to support the diverse marine life that relies on the behavior of the green sea turtle.

What are some sources of marine (ocean) pollution? How can you help save marine ecosystems?

What challenges do people face living in this environment?:

Hi, it’s Chelonia mydas again! You may wonder how any single plant or animal could be affected by changes to the ocean when the ocean is so vast. To find out, let’s do a quick experiment.

First, gather a glass of water and some food coloring. Next, select a color and put one drop of food coloring in the water. Watch as the vibrant drop drops to the bottom of the glass, spreading color into the once clear liquid. Give the glass a gentle shake. What color is the solution now? The change of color reflects the spread of pollution through our oceans. Polluted environments impede natural order, creating unnecessary stress for its inhabitants and increasing their likelihood of health problems.

Trash, chemicals and other waste products hurt my sea turtle friends and me in a few main ways. They pollute the habitat we call home, destroy the foods we eat and often physically hurt us.

Although a lot of trash has found its way into our oceans, it’s not too late to help us. Be sure to throw out your trash in appropriate containers, pick up trash you find when walking along the beach and be respectful of natural environments. Can you think of other ways you can help protect the environment for other organisms?