We learnt so much about sea turtles, sharks and why it is so important to preserve marine life for the future. We told Jennifer about our work in the Climate Action Project and we will send her some questions that we are working on tomorrow. Jennifer was very gracious and took our call at 8.15am, her time, 1.15pm our time.
Today we are skyping Jennifer Nolan in Maine. She is a member of the OPS (Oceanic Preservation Society.)
Jennifer is telling us about what she and her team do. She has been working with pupils telling them about what she does for five years.
Here is a sea turtle.
Sharks have been swimming in our seas for 4 million years, long before dinosaurs.
This is the most endangered turtle that there is.?
A quarter a million sharks are killed every day!
This is a baby leather back. This can grow to be one of the biggest turtles. ?
Turtles can hear but their ears are under their skin!
The OPS count the eggs and the nests and record what kind of turtles that are on the beach.
Turtles can live to be 80 or 100 years old!
Some positive updates:
Scientists have developed edible rings that are around cans so turtles can eat them instead of getting caught in it. In fishing nets there is something that can help turtles out of the nets.
Scientists are making lots of things edible that are normally thrown in the bin or water so you can eat them instead of putting it in the bin. Jennifer has everything in her house powered by solar panels.
What needs to change:
Oil spills can kill many animals but people go out and bring in animals and clean them down. Currently, we kill an estimated 4,600 turtles every year due to fishing — they are wrapped in the nets or hooked on bait lines set for fish. However, a new report shows that this represents a 90% reduction of sea turtles caught since 1990. So, are 4,600 deaths good news?
Threats from Marine Debris: The Problem: Over 100 million marine animals are killed each year due to plastic debris in the ocean. Currently, it is estimated that there are 100 million tons of plastic in oceans around the world.