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Turtle Hatchling Protection

Location

Nesting beaches around the world

Summary

Around the world, six out of seven species of sea turtles are either threatened or endangered. This project provides grant funding to the organisations working on small budgets to protect the beaches where turtles lay their eggs and the hatchlings make their way to the sea.
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Who is behind it?

SEE Turtles has been a leader in sea turtle conservation since 2008. They have generated more than $1 million for turtle conservation and communities. Their work has benefitted more than 50 important turtle habitats protected by over 40 organizations in 12 countries across the world.
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Why did we choose this project?

Healthy oceans need sea turtles. Sea turtles are a "keystone species", which means they are an important part of their environment and influence other species around them. If a keystone species is removed from a habitat, the natural order can be disrupted, which impacts other wildlife and fauna in different ways.
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What do we most love about it?

What’s not to love about protecting sea turtles? They are a source of awe and inspiration; watching them haul themselves up a beach to nest, swim through a reef, or watching hatchlings charge to the sea are truly magical and unforgettable experiences. Without sea turtles our blue planet wouldn’t be complete.
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How does it work?

Your funds will support sea turtle conservation organisations that work to protect sea turtle hatchlings across around the world. The funds go towards paying local residents to patrol important turtle nesting beaches, protecting turtles that come up to nest and ensuring that the eggs are protected, and guiding the hatchlings to the sea.
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What broader benefits does it bring?

Sea turtles are vital species for keeping oceans healthy in the following ways: Turtles help control their prey. For example, leatherbacks help manage the amount of jellyfish in the ocean! Hawksbills help reefs by eating sponges that compete with them for space; Turtle nesting helps beaches. The nutrients left behind by eggs and hatchlings that don’t survive provide an important source for coastal vegetation; Hatchlings are an important source of food for many animals. Birds, fish, mammals like raccoons and others rely on plentiful hatchlings to survive during nesting season.
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Broader benefits continued...

They are important for coastal economies and native communities. Many places rely on turtle watching or diving for jobs and income and a number of indigenous communities revere sea turtles as part of their cultures. Plus, there are emotional and psychological benefits to seeing a sea turtle in the wild; Green turtles grazing on seagrass is an important way to keep seagrass beds healthy. And healthy seagrass benefits many species and stores carbon.
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How will we know it's working?

SEE Turtles grants have already resulted in 4 million hatchlings being saved! They’re aiming to save 1 billion.
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By the way...

Sea turtles have been on Earth for more than 100 million years — even surviving the dinosaurs when they became extinct 65 million years ago.

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