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Sea turtles have lived in the world’s oceans for over 150 million years. Sadly, these ancient reptiles are now globally threatened with extinction. Many populations are declining as a result of hunting, increasing coastal development, incidental capture in fisheries, degradation and destruction of nesting beaches, and marine pollution. You can help protect them by following these simple guidelines.
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
IN THE WATER:
When in the water, keep your distance and avoid startling turtles. Do not disturb resting, sleeping or feeding turtles.
Approach turtles slowly and calmly and move away if they show signs of distress.
Never try to spear, harass, catch, or ride turtles.
Do not touch or feed turtles.
Participating in responsible turtle watching programs can help raise awareness of the need to protect turtles.
Be sure to find out about local laws and regulations, as they may differ from these general guidelines.