Endangered green sea turtles hatch in Tanzania

STORY: Sea Sense says its program has recorded and protected over 6,800 nests, and more than 528,000 green and hawksbill turtle hatchlings have safely reached the sea to begin their long journey to adulthood.

Green turtles are the most common sea turtle species in Tanzania, feeding on extensive seagrass meadows found along the Tanzania coast.

According to Sea Sense, sea turtles in Tanzania are under threat as a result of centuries of human exploitation for food, oil, leather and ornaments, as well as mortality associated with incidental capture in the fishing industry, marine and land-based pollution and degradation of foraging habitats. Infrastructure development and coastal erosion poses a significant threat to nesting beaches.