Time for Turtles
We encountered this awe-inspiring sight during one of our morning dives. The sighting of this green turtle, classified as an endangered species, brought a renewed sense of hope and urgency for the conservation of our precious marine ecosystems. Our hearts were filled with pure joy and excitement and the experience was nothing short of magical, reminding us once again of the wonders that lie beneath the ocean’s surface.
Green turtles (Chelonia mydas) are a majestic and ancient species that have roamed our oceans for millions of years. Sadly, due to various threats such as habitat loss, pollution, and poaching, their populations have declined, earning them a spot on the endangered species list. The chance to witness one of these magnificent creatures in our MPA area was a testament to the importance of preserving marine areas.
The excitement and joy we felt upon spotting the green turtle were not only personal, but also a reminder of the collective responsibility we share in conserving our oceans.
By actively participating in conservation efforts, we can contribute to the preservation of endangered species and the overall health of our marine ecosystems. This encounter is yet another catalyst for positive change towards protecting and cherishing the incredible biodiversity that lies beneath the surface of the ocean here at Manta.
Interesting facts about the Green Turtle:
Sr., T.S. (2021) 5 phenomenal sea turtles, Our Breathing Planet. Available at: https://www.ourbreathingplanet.com/5-phenomenal-sea-turtles/ (Accessed: 03 December 2023).
Kwanini Foundation is an initiative to make a positive contribution to the future of Pemba Island by working alongside the local communities to help them understand and conserve the natural world on which they depend.