Population: There are seven different species of marine turtles and six of these are classified as endangered or critically endangered. The long time to reach maturity and the many natural dangers faced by hatchlings and juveniles mean that as few as one in 1,000 eggs will survive to adulthood.
Circle of life: Poaching, changes in habitat, climate change, human activity and tens of thousands of marine turtles die each year when they become trapped in fishing, shrimping nets and hooks.
Purpose on earth: They help maintain the health of sea grass beds and coral reefs that benefit commercially valuable species such as shrimp, lobster and tuna.
How you can help: Volunteer with Frontier on one of our many Marine Conservation Projects to survey turtles, help them hatch safely and preserve their habitat.