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Supporting Earth Sea & Sky Turtle Sanctuary

Supporting Earth Sea & Sky Turtle Sanctuary

Written by: Nikki M on 14/04/2011 09:35

Easter holidays are upon us, and Easter weekend is looming. At Bingo-reviewer, we're revving up the engines to bring you our most spectacular (and Easter themed) competition yet; to win three family day passes to any Sea Life Centre in the UK.

More on the competition very soon, however this time, as well three spectacular prizes we're running this competition in conjunction with Sea Life to help raise awareness of an incredibly deserving cause, which is the Earth, Sea and Sky turtle rescue and conservation project. A project so deserving we wanted to try to help raise as much awareness and support in advance of the competition (opening tomorrow).

All species of marine turtles are threatened with extinction. One of the biggest threats to turtles is the loss of their nesting habitat. Loggerhead turtles have returned to the Greek Island of Zakynthos for generations to breed and make their nests. Today, the once idyllic beaches are over run with noisy clubs and restaurants. Excited tourists, unaware their holiday destination is a sacred breeding ground for the Loggerheads, drive speed boats through the bays where the turtles meet to breed. Some turtles are fatally injured in boat collisions, others become tangled in fishing nets or accidentally swallow fish hooks after being taken in by bait meant to catch fish.

Nests are crushed by sun loungers, and confused hatchlings disorientated by pulsating night club lights, sadly die before they ever reach the sea. On average, in a nest of 100 turtle eggs, only one in the batch will mature into a healthy adult turtle. All of this means a serious impact to the future of this species.

Currently the problems facing the project are;

  • Threatened habitat and loss of breeding grounds
  • Disorientation and injury from tourist activity
  • Nearest hospital is in Athens - eight hours by road
  • Many turtles do not survive the journey

SEA LIFE, in partnership with NGO group Earth Sea and Sky, have pledged to build an urgently needed turtle hospital on Zakynthos in Agios Sostis for injured turtles so they can receive immediate treatment and care until they are well enough to return to the wild.

Please get involved!

To find out more information and make a donation to the turtle hospital, please visit:www.earthseasky.org/appeal/

Please help raise awareness by sharing this page on Facebook or Twitter.


Thank you.
 

 

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