Essay On Sea Turtles

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When people walk along the beach, you may cross upon a bunch of creatures that is trying to crawl toward the vast ocean. These creatures are sea turtles. Sea turtles are large marine reptiles that are cold-blooded vertebrates and have leathery or bony flippers and shell (Lutz and Musick, 1996). They are aquatic reptilian creatures that has wide spectrum of coloration ranges between yellow, greenish, and black depending on the type of sea turtles. They are from the kingdom of Animalia, class of Reptilia (Matthews, 1990). The earliest known sea turtles appear in the fossil record in the Late Jurassic period, 208 to 144 million years ago. Scientists believe that modern sea turtles are derived from marsh-inhabiting ancestors that lived during the Late Triassic period (seaworld.org, 2001). Therefore, for millions of years, sea turtles were around since the dinosaur age, and that today they still exist and can be found in the world, which makes sea turtles one of the Earth’s ancient species. They can be found in all warm and temperate water throughout the world. Their habitats are located in the bay, shallow, coastal waters, lagoons, and open sea (Lutz and Musick, 1996). However most sea turtles undergo a long migration between their feeding grounds and the beach where they nest. Unlike other turtles, sea turtles cannot retract their head or legs back in the shells. Depending on the sea turtles, they can be carnivorous, herbivorous, or omnivorous. Sea turtles feed on shrimps, jellyfish, sponges, and vegetation. There are total of seven species of sea turtles: leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea), green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas), hawksbill sea turtles (Ertmochelys imbricate), flatback sea turtles (Caretta caretta), Kemp’s... ... middle of paper ... ...misingly. Sea turtles can still be an existence and furthermore their population can continue to rise. Sea turtles are still listed as endangered species. In the ecosystem, all species have an important role. Sea turtles have their role in the marine ecosystem. They are the representative of a group of reptiles that exist since back of time. They are the essential of the wildlife. Without sea turtles other animals that feed on sea turtles will not have food source and they will disappear. It destroy the balance of the marine ecosystem and with problems that is still happening, the sea turtles are endangered. For future, sea turtles will be off the list of being endangered and their population will rise up. In hopes of sea turtles be able to still be remaining in the ecosystem and eventually the production of more sea turtles will be a better turn out for the world.

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