The sea turtle population is in danger! This video from Ted Ed explains the survival rate of these precious reptiles:

Ted Ed – The Survival of the Sea Turtle

“At approximately two decades of age, the surviving sea turtles will be old enough themselves to breed and continue the cycle in which their very existence heralds.” Scott Gass explains in the Ted-Ed video. “Of those that began as eggs on a distant beach, less than 10 percent remain — at least those were the odds prior to significant human interference.”

“Over the past century, and in particular in the last several decades, human endeavors. from beach development to plastic refuse, to poaching, long lines, nets, and even noxious chemicals, including oil, have upped the ante for sea turtles, causing their survival rate to drop to around one percent or less from each nesting cycle. It is this added human pressure that has pushed each of the eight sea turtle species into either a threatened or endangered state. For while they have evolved to overcome a host of obstacles, the most recent has arisen so quickly and at such scale that the species find themselves overwhelmed.”

Although sea turtles face many obstacles in nature, humans pose the greatest threat. Many organizations are starting to build awareness around the dangers of oceanic plastic pollution, including the Save the Reef charity project.

“It’s estimated that between 126 and 194 billion disposable masks are thrown away every month & it’s utterly devastating to see mask after mask be littered day after day…when will we finally realize that we are destroying our home?” says Save the Reef in an Instagram post. These masks are not biodegradable nor recyclable as they are made out of plastic polymers and they get mistaken by animals for food and animals can get entangled in them, leading to injury or even death. If you do have to use a disposable mask please make sure you cut the straps and dispose of your masks properly because sadly our wildlife and environment are suffering due to this new form of pollution and it’s absolutely heartbreaking to see these masks littering too many of our beaches/oceans/rivers and birds/animals/marine life getting tangled in them!”

In Ekele Media‘s upcoming book Chelly & Renee Try To Save The Ocean, Chelly the Sea Turtle goes on an unforgettable adventure that helps readers understand just how harmful plastics are to sea creatures.