Clearwater Marine Aquarium and 400 turtle eggs need our support ahead of a town meeting in Belleair Shore, Florida. This meeting could determine whether the eggs will be allowed to stay until their hatch. While we all hope they make the right decision considering sea turtles are endangered and the eggs are due to hatch within the next sixty days, we need to do our part to ensure they do.
Community members are reportedly upset that the blocked off areas for protecting the eggs are an eyesore. Regardless of the ridiculous reasons, these sea turtles need to be given a chance at survival and this is their best bet. A Care2 petition is urging the town’s commissioners to look at the bigger picture and prioritize the lives of 400 innocent animals.
The turtle eggs actually began their journey on a public beach in Florida, however, it didn’t offer the best conditions. As a result, Clearwater Aquarium relocated them to the private beach of Belleair Shores. This private beach was hit by a natural disaster years ago, but in Florida, if government assistance is given to help rebuild, the land is then deemed public. The town passed up the help in order to keep their beach private. The fact that the beach hasn’t been rebuilt makes it perfect for turtle nests, according to David Yates, CEO of the Clearwater Marine Aquarium. Please sign the petition asking the Belleair Shores town commissioners to give these precious, soon-to-be hatchlings, a fighting chance.
It’s estimated that only one out of one thousand hatchlings will make it! Sadly, even the few that do make it are still in “hot water,” largely as a result of plastic pollution and climate change. Fifty percent of sea turtles have been found to have plastic in their stomachs, and six of the seven species are now listed as vulnerable or endangered. Clearly, sea turtles need all the help they can get, and this is an opportunity for us to take a stand on their behalf. It’s also an opportunity for this affluent town to show that they care more about the lives of our marine life than the nesting areas being an “eyesore.”
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