World Sea Turtle Day is celebrated on June 16th every year. The date was chosen because it is the birthday of sea turtle conservation pioneer Archie Carr (1909-1987). Dr Carr understood early on the importance of sea turtles for the oceans. He also realized that in certain parts of the world populations of sea turtles were at serious threat of disappearing and he devoted decades of his life to understanding and protecting sea turtles. He was the founding scientific director of the Sea Turtle Conservancy and did renowned research in Tortuguero, Costa Rica. Much of what we know today about the biology and life cycle of marine turtles stems from his lifetime of work on sea turtles.
Unfortunately sea turtles are still endangered today. Threats include marine pollution, coastal squeeze, sea level rise, and global warming. One of the purposes of World Sea Turtle Day is to raise awareness of the ongoing plight of sea turtles. It is a day to learn about, honour, and celebrate the wonderful creatures that are sea turtles. If you want to do something for sea turtles today, check out this link and spread the word. Happy World Sea Turtle Day to all!