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We are losing turtles

The turtles we lose … Environmentalists have warned that sea turtles are at risk of extinction in Sri Lanka. But given the coastal pollution we face today, we are more concerned about the extinction of turtles.

Turtles are a species of reptiles. They are mobile, breathing divisions like other reptiles. Considering the carcasses of turtles, they have an outer shell. Although they have a body similar to that of a tortoise, they have a head and limbs Can’t take it. Their limbs are also adapted for swimming. The forelegs are elongated and blade-shaped. The limbs are short. Used to turn the body while swimming.

In the past, eating turtle eggs and killing and eating the meat of turtles caught in fishing nets have been a major cause of suffering. This situation has arisen with the increase in the livelihood of fishermen after the end of the war. Five of the seven species of sea turtles in the world live in the coastal areas around Sri Lanka.

The Department of Wildlife Conservation has identified Kosgoda, Tangalle, Rekawa, Bundala, and the eastern coast from Lavinia Mountain on the south coast as a habitat for turtles.

Olive Riddley, Green turtle, Loggerhead turtle, Hawksbill Turtle, Leatherback turtle Five of the seven species of turtles in the world are nesting off the coast of Sri Lanka and they roam the coast of Sri Lanka but live in the Indian Ocean. Female turtles, commonly known as “magnetic seals”, travel to the west and south coasts to lay their eggs. Turtles take about 50 years to reach sexual maturity. Sexual reproduction gives birth to children. The uniqueness of these do female turtles come to the coastal region where they were born to lay their eggs anywhere in the world? Although it is a question of how they do it, modern research has found that they use the Earth’s magnetic field to find their way.

The sex of turtle eggs is not genetically determined, it depends on the temperature of the pit they use to lay their eggs. That is, female turtles are born from eggs heated to 30 to 32 degrees Celsius, while male turtles are born from eggs heated to 27 to 29 degrees Celsius. It usually takes about 45-60 days for the chicks to lay eggs.

It is very difficult for the calf coming out of the pit to cover a distance of a few meters to the sea. Meanwhile, they are often preyed upon by predators such as dogs and crabs. Consider what endangered species of turtles are and why.

Olive Ridley is an endangered species of turtle. It is located on a very small beach in three oceans. One of them is the Indian Ocean. These turtles are killed in large numbers for their shells and meat. Their eggs on the beach are also threatened. The conservation status of green turtles, the most common turtles in our coastal areas, has not changed. They are common in specialty soups and are often sold to tourists in addition to boiled stewed eggs.

Many loggerhead turtles come to our shores to lay their eggs, so their population has begun to increase along the east coast of the United States. Hawksbill and Leatherback sea turtles are critically endangered and endangered off our coasts. Their shell has an incredibly colorful and symmetrical shell that was used by local hunters to place in the middle of the dartboard.  Poverty-stricken people hunt these eggs and sell them to coastal restaurants, knowing the consequences of their actions and protecting all sea turtles and eggs legally and legally. The preparation of turtle meat and eggs to attract tourists has caused concern among these sea turtles.

Although a remedy for this, turtles breed Nearly half of Sri Lanka’s breeding grounds are damaged but do not protect turtles. Breeding turtles are kept in cement tanks as much as possible to earn extra money.

These tanks are breeding grounds for different types of bacteria that turtles can easily transmit. Breeding centers set up under the name ‘Sanctuaries’ allow tourists to release turtles into the water at higher prices during the day.

Research shows that only about 1 in 1,000 sea turtles survive. If they survive, the female turtles will be confused when it comes time to lay eggs. Of course, they do not have a “magnetic seal” on one particular beach, because they were born not on the beach but in a salty and frozen tank. but, Unfortunately, we “have no choice at the moment.”

Although the government has enacted strict laws to keep turtles under full protection, they will be protected from climate change. Pollution of sandy lands and destruction of coral reefs help to scare off pregnant sea turtles and prevent them from laying eggs in tents. As you can see, one thing is for another and urgent action must be taken to ensure the safety of all five species of sea turtles in Sri Lanka.

If not, they could disappear from our shores forever. For these reasons, however, today we have nothing left to do but shed tears, allowing all the sea creatures to disappear from our shores.

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