According to International union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN). 6 out of 7 turtle species live in Indonesia waters. One of which is the Green Turtle Through the years of 2008-2012, the population of Green Turtle decreased rapidly.
Not many people know the importance of sea turtle and how can sea turtle affect us
1. Sea turtles often act as keystone species.
Sea turtles, especially green sea turtles, are one of the very few animals to eat sea grass.
Sea grass beds grazed by green sea turtles are more productive than those that aren’t. Hawksbill turtles eat sponges, preventing them from out-competing slow-growing corals.
Both of these grazing activities maintain species diversity and the natural balance of fragile marine ecosystems.
If sea turtles go extinct, it will cause declines in all the species whose survival depends on healthy seagrass beds and coral reefs. That means that many marine species that humans harvest would be lost. All parts of an ecosystem are important, if you lose one, the rest will eventually follow.
2. Sea Turtles provide nutrients to dune vegetation and help protect beach from erosion
Beaches and dune systems do not get very many nutrients during the year, so very little vegetation grows on the dunes and no vegetation grows on the beach itself.
This is because sand does not hold nutrients very well. Sea turtles use beaches and the lower dunes to nest and lay their eggs. Sea turtles lay around 100 eggs in a nest and lay between 3 and 7 nests during the summer nesting season.
Not every nest will hatch, not every egg in a nest will hatch, and not all of the hatchlings in a nest will make it out of the nest.
All the unhatched nests, eggs and trapped hatchlings are very good sources of nutrients for the dune vegetation, even the left over egg shells from hatched eggs provide some nutrients.
Dune vegetation is able to grow and become stronger with the presence of nutrients from turtle eggs. As the dune vegetation grows stronger and healthier, the health of the entire beach/dune ecosystem becomes better. Stronger vegetation and root systems helps to hold the sand in the dunes and helps protect the beach from erosion.
As the number of turtles declines, fewer eggs are laid in the beaches, providing less nutrients. If sea turtles went extinct, dune vegetation would lose a major source of nutrients and would not be as healthy and would not be strong enough to maintain the dunes, resulting in increased erosion.
3. Sea Turtle Control Jelly Fish Population
Sea turtles eat jellyfish, preventing the large “blooms” of jellyfish – including stinging jellyfish – that are increasingly wreaking havoc on fisheries, recreation and other maritime activities throughout the oceans.
But nowadays many sea turtles dies because they eat plastic that mistaken as jelly fish
Watch The Video from Ted about sea turtle survival
So What Can We Do ?
WWF Indonesia has create a project called Turtle Hope where you can adopt turtle nest in Pangumbahan Beach
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As you can see on the website you can adopt 1 turtle nest for $ 250 or IDR 250.000 . and you need to donate at least $250 to contribute
But in Earthbuddies.net i can give you better deals . you can donate any amount you want and i also give you special discount when you donating
1 turtle nest is for $ 200 . And when the donation accumulated at least $ 200 we will send the donation to the WWF
How can you get Discount ? is it a Scam ?
No it is not , i can get discount because of the currency difference . on the donate for nature website ,
1 Turtle Nest cost you $ 250 or IDR 250.000
So 1 USD = IDR 10.000 in donate for nature website
But because i live on Indonesia , I Can withdraw from paypal and get currency rate
1 USD = IDR 12500 – 12.900
( I consider 12.500 to make the calculation easy , and if for example the currency rate is more than 12.500 , the differences will be used for Earthbuddies’s Need )
and we can donate in IDR with my Indonesia Bank Account
So if you donate via earthbuddies 1 Turtle Nest just cost you 200 USD ( $200 x IDR 12500 = IDR 250.000 )
So not only you can donate any amount you want , you also get $ 50 Off / turtle nest with this currency differences
When the donation reach at least $ 200 , earthbuddies will release the donation to donate for nature
The name of the turtle nest will be set to Earthbuddies’s Donors . But we will list the donors name on this page
Does Earthbuddies also donate for Turtle Hope Project ?
Yes , earthbuddies has been donating to turtle hope and my baby tree project in the past . we have an account too.
Here Is The Proof , So we also Act and not just talk
( The stamps for Turtle hope is deleted , because we donate mainly for my baby tree project so there is too many my baby tree stamps on my account)
We Need Your Help , Save sea turtles before it is too late now
Earthbuddies is not affiliated or part of WWF or WWF-Indonesia . We only help to share information and distribute donation. Therefore
visitor can get special price to adopt tree/ turtle nest ( with currency differences. Earthbuddies has contact WWF-ID and have approval for this matter.