Unbeknownst to any who may not have studied science, more than 99% of the species that have ever existed in this world are extinct. Lucky for us, there are clusters of organisms that have been able to stick it out for a few years, one of them being sea turtles. Seven species of sea turtles exist today: Green, Hawksbill, Kemp’s Ridley, Olive Ridley, Leatherback, Flatback, and Loggerhead. All seven species are listed as critically endangered, and only over the course of a few hundred years. A major theme of conservation biology is the destruction of planet Earth by humans’ ignorance and carelessness. Since the industrial revolution, the species known as Homo sapiens sapiens, modern-day human, has wreaked havoc on the many species, sea turtles included. We release pollution into the environment because so many are uneducated about the effects. We kill off organisms faster than they can reproduce. We are slowly stepping towards a mass extinction. Sea turtles are a tenacious bunch, fighting against not only the forces of nature and its natural predators, but man-made predation, but they can only withstand so much before they are extinct. The only ones who can stop this from happening are the ones who started it.
Collage made by Rebecca Ferchaw with pictures collected on Google Images
Video: National Geographic