Central America & Caribbean, Martinique, Travel Photography

13 Turtle Photos for World Turtle Day

Today, May 23rd, 2020, is the 2oth annual World Turtle Day. Since I happened to love turtles, I thought I would share 13 turtle photos for World Turtle Day. I hope you will enjoy them at least a portion as much as I loved taking them.

13 Turtle Photos for World Turtle Day

World Turtle Day

World Turtle Day was established by American Tortoise Rescue to bring awarenesses to the plight of turtles and tortoises and to celebrate the animals. Since the ATR was formed in 1990, they have placed over 4000 rescued turtles and tortoises in appropriate homes.

My Love for Turtles

What’s not to love about turtles? They are so cute and graceful. I was really excited to see them in the sea in Martinique. However, that wasn’t my first encounter with turtles. When my oldest child was little, we rescued a box turtle and he hung out with us for several of years. His name was Dallas and he liked to climb the curtains. I had no idea that was even possible until we were looking for him one day and we found him way up by the curtain rod.

13 Turtle Photos for World Turtle Day

 

13 Turtle Photos for World Turtle Day

In Martinique, I really fell in love with sea turtles. I haven’t been able to go back yet, but it seems like any time I read about a place with great snorkeling, I always look to see if they have sea turtles in that spot. I might be a bit obsessed.

13 Turtle Photos for World Turtle Day

 

13 Turtle Photos for World Turtle Day

Helping Turtles

There are 207 species of turtles and tortoises on earth today and 129 of those are endangered. I didn’t know there were that many varieties, did you? How can we help them survive in our every day lives and in our travels? There are lots of ways and they are quite simple.

13 Turtle Photos for World Turtle Day

If you see a turtle trying to cross a road, and it’s safe to do so, stop and help them get across. Always take them the direction they are trying to go because if you don’t, they will just try again.

13 Turtle Photos for World Turtle Day

NEVER, I repeat, NEVER buy items made with turtle or tortoise shells. The shells are actually part of their body, not like snails. In some parts of the world it is legal to sell things made from turtles. Just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean we should buy it. If we don’t buy it, maybe the sellers will get the message.

13 Turtle Photos for World Turtle Day

When we were in China, we say keychains with tiny LIVE turtles and fish for sale. We were really upset. My daughter wanted to buy them all and set them free. I didn’t have that much money though. Please don’t buy them.

13 Turtle Photos for World Turtle Day

Don’t litter and cut down on your use of plastic bags and straws. Also, if you use the plastic rings around your drinks, cut them up before you dispose of them. If you see trash in the ocean or just laying around, pick it up.

13 Turtle Photos for World Turtle Day

During turtle egg laying season, don’t bother the turtles or their nests. It’s actually a crime, but people still do it anyway. If you’re interested in seeing or helping with the egg laying season, find a reputable rescue and rehabilitation center and volunteer.

13 Turtle Photos for World Turtle Day

You may come across an injured or stranded turtle or tortoise in your travels. Try to find a rescue organization and tell them about the animal. They will tell you want to do until they can get there to rescue it.

13 Turtle Photos for World Turtle Day

Conclusion

Now that you know how to help turtles and tortious thrive, spread the word for World Turtle Day and everyday. You can find more information on the website by the American Tortoise Rescue.

Below is my favorite sea turtle picture. I took this one as this beautiful giant came up underneath me. Just because I’ve been asked before, I was not riding him. I just had my hand down so he would know I was there. Perfect timing for sure. I hope you enjoyed these 13 photos for World Turtle Day.

13 Turtle Photos for World Turtle Day

 

 

13 Turtle Photos for World Turtle Day

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12 Comments

  • Reply Sandy N Vyjay May 29, 2020 at 3:58 am

    Turtles are really so cute and graceful. It is such a pity that so many of their species are endangered. We know about a person who runs a campaign for saving turtles, on the east coast of India, where the Olive Ridley turtles come to hatch. It is really sad that the turtles as a species have to face so much from us humans. Becoming live key chains is surely extreme. I hope the world awakes and ensures that the turtles are given a better deal.

    • Reply ppadmin May 29, 2020 at 2:23 pm

      I completely agree with you. It’s so neat that your friend runs a campaign for saving the turtles. I would love to be involved in something like that.

      • Reply kelly May 30, 2020 at 11:42 am

        I’m also a turtle lover. Unfortunately I’ve never been lucky enough to see one while snorkelling. Keep our turtle’s safe and in their natural environment.

        • Reply ppadmin June 1, 2020 at 11:49 am

          I hope you will be able to see one someday. It’s pretty exciting!

  • Reply Sarah May 29, 2020 at 5:21 am

    Turtles are so cute. There was a turtle in our harbour here in Malta recently, one of the many positives from lockdown. Now, no giant cruiseships, nature is reclaiming 🙂

    • Reply ppadmin May 29, 2020 at 2:25 pm

      I’ve seen many places where nature is reclaiming the land. It’s such a great positive and should really teach us something going forward. I hope some of this knowledge sticks for us.

  • Reply Debjani Lahiri May 31, 2020 at 3:51 am

    Turtles are rarely seen nowadays in the Indian waters and must admit that they are increasingly becoming rare . On a world title day , it is a great post to ensure the protection of this endangered species

    • Reply ppadmin June 1, 2020 at 11:51 am

      That’s so sad. We need to do what we can to bring them back.

  • Reply Freya May 31, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Turtles are so gorgeous, how sad that they’re made into keychains in some places. I never knew that turtles were good climbers too 🙂 Love the last shot of you and the turtle – great timing!

    • Reply ppadmin June 1, 2020 at 11:52 am

      They are beautiful creatures. That was a fun shot for sure.

  • Reply Yukti Agrawal June 6, 2020 at 10:26 am

    Turtles are very cute and also considered as auspicious in Indian culture. I loved your turtle photos and you have beautifully captured them. I never knew that there is World Turtle day dedicated to turtles.

    • Reply ppadmin June 23, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      I hadn’t known that there was a World Turtle Day either. Of course, I was excited. Love them.

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