You may be thinking, ‘Aren’t they called sea turtles, not see turtles?’ Well, yes, but today we’re talking about SEE Turtles!
People have long been exploiting turtles, ruining their habitats, and poaching them – SEE Turtles has saved thousands of baby turtles through community-based conservation efforts. The organization’s causes include the Too Rare to Wear Campaign, educational programs, and Billion Baby Turtles.
What do these causes do?
The Too Rare to Wear Campaign is working to prevent the killing of hawksbill turtles for their shells. Turtleshells are made into jewelry and other products frequently sold in Latin America, the Caribbean, and other tropical regions. Hawksbill turtles have almost been hunted to the point of extinction for their shells, which is why this campaign exists to raise awareness and stop demand.
SEE Turtles encourages children to raise awareness about turtle endangerment in their schools. The Billion Baby Turtles Fundraising Contest is a yearly contest across schools in the US that aims to raise money towards protecting baby turtles. To date, the Billion Baby Turtles Fundraising Contest has reached 1,500 students across 30 US schools, raising roughly $20,000 to save 20,000 baby turtles around Latin America.
But why is it SEE?
SEE Turtles is spelled the way it is because the organization encourages people to go on trips to SEE sea turtles. On the trips, you’ll not only observe sea turtles, but you will also help save them. If you go to Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, or Nicaragua, go on a SEE Turtles conservation tour and have an unforgettable experience. This year’s EnviroTrip winners went to Belize, where they helped save the turtles!
Can I help?
Yes, you can! You can save up to 100 hatchlings on their website – you’ll receive an adoption care package along with a certification. Maybe the next time you’re planning a vacation with your family, think about going on a SEE Turtles conservation tour to help save the turtles. Not only are these places beautiful to visit, but your kids will love interacting with the animals. It’s both fun and educational!
Your child can learn more about sea turtles by filling out this fun activity sheet!