International Turtle and Tortoise Week 2019, Day 5 (Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4)
One fact that often gets overlooked when people talk about endangered species is that every species is part of a complex web of relationships with hundreds or thousands of other species. For example, green sea turtles need sea grass for food, and sea grass needs constant cropping from sea turtles to stay healthy. Other marine species like small fish and crustaceans in turn rely on sea grass for habitat, and larger critters like whales and manta rays depend on these lower levels of the food chain.
To save any endangered species, it is not enough for us to focus on that species in isolation. Endangered species will survive only if we protect their ecosystems. So when it comes to helping us shells, it’s not just actions specifically targeted at turtles and tortoises that help. Anything you do to help protect our planet ultimately helps! From recycling to not littering to turning off the lights when you leave a room, you can make a difference!