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Threats to Sea Turtles

1. Natural Threats – Predators such as raccoons, crabs and ants raid eggs and hatchlings still in the nest. After reaching adulthood, sea turtles are relatively immune to predation, except for the occasional shark attack.
2. Human-Caused Threats- In many countries around the world, people harvest sea turtle eggs for food. Most countries acts aganist the taking of eggs, but enforcement is not severe and the eggs can often be found for sale in local markets. In these same areas, adult sea turtles are harvested for their meat. Turtle products, such as jewelry made from hawksbill shells, also create a direct threat to sea turtles.
3.Commercial Fishing – Each year, thousands of turtles are caught in fishing nets and drown.
4. Marine Debris – Thousands of sea turtles die from eating or becoming entangled in nondegradable debris each year, including packing bands, balloons, pellets, bottles, vinyl films, tar balls, and styrofoam.
5. Artificial Lighting – Artifical Lighting discourage females from nesting and cause hatchlings to become disoriented and wander inland, where they often die of dehydration or predation.

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