Florida saving its turtles

 

I enjoyed reading the Sept. 17 editorial, The comeback kids. It was enlightening to read and opened my eyes to what our country is doing to preserve the existence of sea turtles.

Living in landlocked Austin, Texas, often keeps me from interacting with these unique creatures; however, I now feel better informed about the challenges facing them today.

The fact that sea turtle eggs have been stolen from nests resting on the beach since the 1960s is startling.

It has become increasingly important to protect them, considering that these small reptiles have also been misled by the bright lights that illuminate the hot concrete streets, causing them to crawl into heavy traffic.

Last, learning that sea turtles have been known to be caught, in order to make turtle soup, a popular dish for restaurants, is concerning.

Considering that these shortages are being caused by humans themselves, it seems fitting that we try to find a way to help mitigate the effects.

The ways in which Florida has begun to contribute to the conservation of sea turtles is incredible.

Alexandra Roesle, Austin, Texas

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