Do Sea Turtles Matter?

Updated: May 12

An Indian myth states that the survival of the sea turtle insures the survival of the planet: The earth rests on the back of three elephants, who stand on the shell of a giant sea turtle which swims in an infinite sea. It is believed that if the sea turtle disappears that the world will end.

Sea turtles have been living and thriving in our oceans for over 100 million years, but now they're in danger of extinction - largely because of changes brought about by humans mostly through harvesting them for food or perceived "health" benefits, and climate and environmental changes.