If we don’t protect them, who will?
As untamed and unpredictable as the Internet can be, there are a few universal truths across the digital landscape. First, it’s always wiser to never read the comments. Secondly, there’s nothing that can stop someone in their scrolling tracks than a baby animal. If that little creature is in trouble in any way, look out…because there’s likely going to be a stampede of people moving to do all they can for it.
Take into consideration some of the smallest and most gentle of babies: newly hatched sea turtles. Once emerging from their shells and out of the sands of the nest, hatchlings face many predators including ghost crabs, birds, raccoons, dogs, and fish. Even more dangerous, the problem of disorientation. Hatchlings use the natural light horizon — usually over the ocean — along with the white crests of the waves to reach the water when they emerge from the nest. Any other light sources such as beachfront properties, street lights, passing cars, and even campfires can lead hatchlings in the wrong direction. And moreover, with global climate change having a profound impact on weather conditions and water temperatures, hatchlings can be at risk in ways and in numbers never before imagined.
This leads to hundreds upon thousands of sea turtle rescues each year, and could mean tremendous harm to these gentle creatures…unless someone answers the call.
Our charity partner for the next PHRC event is Sea Turtle, Inc.!
Since 1977, Sea Turtle, Inc. has pursued their mission to rescue, rehabilitate, and release injured sea turtles, educate the public, and assist with conservation efforts for all marine turtle species.
They made international headlines in February when — during a week of cold temperatures, snow and ice that knocked out power and water in south Texas — volunteers on South Padre Island managed to rescue more than 5,000 sea turtles, taking them to the convention center where they could stay until the weather had improved. The Sea Turtle, Inc. team then transported more than 2,200 of those turtles out into warmer open waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
In addition this year, they have already responded to over 430 sea turtle rescue calls, rehabilitated and released 16 previously injured adult turtles, and are preparing for the next hatchling season to ensure their safety and survival.
Our support through the fourth event of this year is going to help them continue this incredible work, and come to the aid of these ancient, amazing animals.
Join us tomorrow at 12:00pm Eastern for the reveal of the event theme, and get ready to “shell out” the sweat for Sea Turtle, Inc.!