Research has highlighted that sea turtles often act as a keystone species (a keystone species is a plant or animal that plays a unique and crucial role in the way an ecosystem functions). Sea grass beds grazed by green sea turtles are more productive than those that haven't been so lucky. Hawksbill turtles also eat sponges which prevent them from expanding and smothering corals, which tend to grow much slower.
There are countless ways in which you can make a positive different in the lives of sea turtles. Organize a clean-up day with friends at a local beach, or give a presentation at your local school about poaching and illegal trade. The most important thing is that we continue to talk about it. Frontier offers Turtle Conservation projects in Greece, Thailand and the Maldives. What are you waiting for?
By Rebecca MacDonald-Taylor Rebecca MacDonald-Taylor is an Online Journalism Intern at Frontier, an international non-profit volunteering NGO. Frontier has over 300 dedicated conservation and community development projects as well as plenty of inspiring www.frontier.ac.uk/Volunteer/Volunteer.aspx?utm_source=TheDodo&utm_medium=gapyearblog&utm_campaign=BlogArticle">gap year ideas to help make your time out meaningful. For more information on all the opportunities available please visit www.frontier.ac.uk. Check out Frontier's blog "Into the Wild" where you can read more articles like this! Happy reading!
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