Sea turtles have been in existence for over 100 million years and they fill a vital role in the balance of marine habitats.
They help to maintain the health of seagrass beds and coral reefs that benefit commercially valuable species such as shrimp, lobster, and tuna. There are seven species of sea turtle; all are now classified as endangered and three of them are critically endangered.
Sea turtles live between land and sea and can swim thousands of ocean miles during their long lifetimes. Waiting decades until they can reproduce, sea turtles return to the same beaches that they were born to lay their eggs. Females can lay hundreds of eggs, yet few will yield hatchlings that survive their first year of life.