Sea Turtle Skype

Last Wednesday, we had a Skype session with Alistair from Gnaraloo Wilderness Foundation. Gnaraloo is located in Western Australia, on the coast to the north of Perth.

Alistair told us about the conservation efforts of the Gnaraloo Wilderness Foundation. They are trying to protect the landscape, flora and fauna of Gnaraloo and to educate others to do the same.

We learnt about the different types of sea turtles (there are 7), how to tell them apart and why they have their name. For example, The Green Sea Turtle is called that because of the colour it would make when it was turned into a soup! Other names, like the Leatherback, are named after the turtle’s appearance.

We talking about the dangers to sea turtles, such as pollution and fishing lines and we now know that we can help to protect the sea turtles by doing the following:

  • Always recycle and make sure our rubbish goes in the bin!
  • Don’t use lights on beaches
  • Don’t let our parents drive on beaches, as this could damage the nests the turtles have made
  • Spreading the word to our family and friends!

 

Thanks Alistair for an interesting Skype session!

What did you learn about sea turtles? Did any of the adaptations or dangers surprise you?