My Love for Sea Turtles

July 25, 2014

On a weekend day our class teacher told us “children, tomorrow we will all go to Wadi Wurrayah National Park to see National Conservation Project of sea turtles. To show your love to these marine creatures, design a craft of sea turtle, recycling the waste around you. By doing this you can show your affection to these loving, harmless creatures in two ways. First, you will learn about them. Second, you reduce the harmful natural waste that is going to the sea or beach which is a natural habitat for sea turtles.” Hearing teacher’s words I was very excited and began to learn about sea turtles.

Sea turtles, also known as Marine turtles, lived 110 million years ago even when dinosaurs lived. Seven species live even today with colors ranging from yellow, black and greenish. Their common food is jelly fish, sea weeds, crabs, shrimps, snails, sponges, algae and mollusks. Sea turtles are found throughout the world in warm waters. Most of them migrate as far as 1400 miles. Like Salmons, sea turtles too return to the same nesting ground at which they were born. Female turtles swim to the shore, dig a nest in the sand using their back flippers, lay and bury around 70-190 eggs, then return to the ocean. Approximately at 60 days the hatched young ones come out from the nest during night time and move towards the ocean. Sadly, only 3-4% survive till adulthood. Except females the hatched young ones will not return to the shore once they return to the ocean.

Today sea turtles population has reached the brink of extinction. We humans are their worst enemies. We slaughter them for their eggs, meat, body fat, skin and shells. Their breeding grounds are hampered by climate change, habitat destruction, and poaching. Beach parties with flash lights and music hamper their nesting sites.

How can I save these gentle, loving creatures of the sea? 

WWF has taken many initiatives to save the sea turtles. We the civilized society of the world must open our eyes to the reality. Poaching and illegal trade in eggs, meat, and skin of sea turtles must be stopped. Precautions must be taken while casting fishing nets and fish gears. Coastal development projects must be carefully planned. Playing with balloons should be avoided at the beaches. Plastic and marine debris should not be littered on and around the beaches and nesting grounds. Chemical waste should never be allowed to flow into the sea. Pets like dogs should not be taken for a walk near these spots to protect the eggs and the baby turtles. 

As a student what can I do to save the sea turtles? 

I will not litter plastic and garbage on the beach. I will press my parents not to participate in beach parties. I will motivate my friends to do what I decided to do. With my parents help, I will use Facebook to reach my like-minded friends and spread the message.

By Brent Adrial D'Souza
Brent D'Souza is a talented child studying in Grade 3 in Dubai. He is the son of Anil and Noma D'Souza.
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Comment on this article

  • Jason Fernandes, Thottam/Bahrain

    Sat, Aug 02 2014

    Dear Brent,
    Good article this creates the awareness and love towards the environments. I pray to god to give you more knowledge and wisdom to write more articles on various topics and bring the human being deliverance from darkness to light.
    God bless you.

  • dinesh dsouza, Dubai/Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 01 2014

    Hi Brent,
    Thank u for this article & hard work which reach us to read & knowledge about sea tortise. Best of luck for your future projects.
    Regards, crystal & clevan

  • Dr.Anand & Geeta N Pereira, sakleshpur/kadri

    Thu, Jul 31 2014

    Hi Brent,
    Your article is timely and highlights the importance of conservation at the individual level. We truly believe that when children are sensitized towards nature, they in turn become guardians of wildlife for "LIFE". You have thoughtfully mentioned about global warming. The global warming effect can simply wipe away these sensitive reptiles and snap a vital link of nature. All have the right to live. This cardinal rule is fundamental to our existence. Keep telling us more about your conservation initiatives and we are ready to lend a helping hand.

  • Roshan Dsouza, Madanthyar/Dubai

    Wed, Jul 30 2014

    Dear Brent.
    Nicely written short & sweet Informative.i appreciate your love towards Nature & natural habitats.
    Your article may inspire to write many young children & create awareness. Good luck,keep it up.

  • Sajeesh, Kerala-Dubai

    Wed, Jul 30 2014

    Good beginning keep it up

  • Jomon, Kerala/ Dubai

    Sun, Jul 27 2014

    Good work. Spread this awareness to all the people of our community.Be a beacon to all the children of your age, keep it up.

  • Praveen Ds'ilva, Mangalore / Dubai

    Sun, Jul 27 2014

    Dear Brent,

    Congratulations!!! very well described topic. You are a inspiration to many young children. The concerns you have raised for the creatures and environment is truly tremendous. You will go a long way and also lead the way to secure our planet, the 'Green' concept to save our surroundings which are surely a blessing by God and mother nature, which we enjoy without truly understanding the real value as to what we are really blessed with. All the very best with your work, keep it up and continue this beautiful feeling, your love and respect for the nature and beings which hopefully will change the whole prospective of people looking at it from your eyes and point of view, to respect and conserve it.

  • fredson martis, mangalore

    Sun, Jul 27 2014

    very well written article Brent. Its nice to see young kids like u show concern for the environment and its beings.All the best. Keep writing.God bless :D

  • John DSouza, Mangalore/Qatar

    Sun, Jul 27 2014

    Dear Brent, your love for and concern about the Sea Turtles is highly appreciable.
    Being a Grade 3 student, your knowledge about their history, reproduction and statistical analysis is really amazing.
    Since God is the creator of all visible and non visible things, he influences the minds of persons like you to promote the practice of reduce, recycle and reuse, in order to keep and maintain his wonderful creation balanced in this beautiful planet, as required.
    In fact, to support your love for Turtles, we have been following their moving style in all vehicles on roads, since a couple of centuries.
    By strictly following the Turtle style, we even ignore (or sacrifice/suffer) the high fuel costs, health hazardoufs pollutions and mounting costs of transportation.
    Perhaps the combination and implementation of Turtle and Rabbit style can make a World of Difference with incredible solutions and amazing benefits.
    If all kids become environment conscious like you and with the support of parents and teachers like yours, we can have a clean environment with peace and stability to live comfortably in our wonderful planet, the earth.
    Keep it up Brent. God bless you. Let us chill and rock with a change implementation.

  • Chris Miranda, Mangalore

    Sat, Jul 26 2014

    Awesome Brent . Glad to know that u have concern towards sea turtles.

  • Fredrick Martis, Dubai, UAE

    Sat, Jul 26 2014

    Sea turtles, a lovely, enlightening essay dear Brent. I encourage children to write more enlightening articles on daijiworld. Keep it up Brent. Be a young ambassador to our environment protection.It is wonderful to know that parents take keen interest to shape the minds of the growing children to promote our nature and surroundings. My salutes to Brent's parents and all parents who spent their time on their children to bring awareness of our environment.

  • Fredson Martis, Mangalore / Dubai

    Sat, Jul 26 2014

    Good work Brent.Keep it up.

  • Aunty Jessy, Uncle Peter & Fiona, Mangalore/Abu Dhabi

    Sat, Jul 26 2014

    Dear Brent

    A good & informative article. Keep up the good work! God bless!

  • Sonia, Dubai

    Sat, Jul 26 2014

    Brent!!..Great thought and keep up the good work..Am sure if we give a thought to it and start protecting these species this world will be a better place to live.Keep up the good work and we wish to read more articles from you.

  • Anil & Noma, Mangalore, Dubai

    Sat, Jul 26 2014

    Dear Brent,
    Excellent work!You have done a marvellous job by spreading awareness to the community.God bless you in abundance in all your future endeavours. Keep growing , Brent!

  • Rita, Germany

    Sat, Jul 26 2014

    Wow what a article dear you are showing your love for the rare species can be seen.Keep up .May be you will be the sea Biologe one day and help them .I am sure we will be Hearing more from you soon.In Mexico there is a Project to save These Turtles eggs so that no one tries to steal.Later they are being brought to the sea .In this small Age you have written a article ,that is great.

  • Well wisher, Udupi

    Fri, Jul 25 2014

    Good work, extend your interest in other features too.

  • Dalia Saldanha, Bangalore

    Fri, Jul 25 2014

    It's so wonderful to see young boys like you exhibit such beautiful love and sympathy towards sea turtles.

    Never let go of your drive and let's hope we won't have to see more innocent species succumb to the brutality of human greed :)

  • Chelsea Miranda , Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 25 2014

    good work little essayist . keep it up!!

  • Vishal, Mangalore

    Fri, Jul 25 2014

    Good beginning, you will be a good writer. I learnt something new from your article. Keep it up.

  • Benny, India

    Fri, Jul 25 2014

    Good , short and sweet but informative article.

  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Fri, Jul 25 2014

    Good noble thoughts Brent.
    If you go along the Beaches now after this article, the Sea Turtles would not mind turning turtle to see you! You have thought of them and their well being-Is it not?
    Carry on the good work Brent and May God Bless.

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