“It would be better if we had conservation centers along the coastline,” U Hpone maw said.Despite its long coastline, Myanmar only has government-run hatcheries in three locations, including Thame Hla.This green turtle arrived at Mote’s Sea Turtle Rehabilitation Hospital in 2007 after being found in the Banana River with head and shell wounds. We were able to help Harry recover from many of his wounds, but could not repair the vision loss caused by the head injury. Squirt 2 was found floating in the Peace River in Punta Gorda, Florida, on April 29, 2015.
“Let’s say there are 4,000 fishing boats, nearly 16,000 turtles are killed per day as a result. It’s no wonder they are on the verge of extinction.” With its vast, sandy shore, the whole of Thame Hla Island used to be a safe haven for the green sea turtle.
But with a booming fishing industry and man-made environmental degradation like sand-mining, only a tiny fraction of the island is available to the reptiles for hatching these days.
The Sea Turtle Grants Program is funded by proceeds from the sale of the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate.
THAME HLA ISLAND, Andaman Sea—Out in the Andaman Sea at the southernmost tip of Myanmar’s Ayeyawaddy Delta lies Thame Hla Island.
Mote is honored to provide this ancient survivor with a life-long home, where he is thriving because of the many hours Mote animal care experts have spent helping him learn to navigate his habitat.
Montego is an adult female loggerhead sea turtle born in North Carolina in 1977.Two of the five, the leatherback and the loggerhead, are on the verge of extinction, according to sea turtle conservationists, but the total population of all five species has dropped by 70 percent in the past two decades as excessive fishing and environmental degradation have destroyed their habitats and food chains.(The flatback turtle and Kemp’s ridley sea turtle are the varieties not found in Myanmar.) Normally, sea turtles visit certain shores at specific times for hatching, but green turtles come to Thame Hal Island the whole year round to lay their eggs.This turtle is Mote’s second “Squirt”; the first was successfully rehabilitated and released.Sea turtles nest on Gulf of Mexico beaches from May through October.“The one in Longlone in Taninthari Region is merely a hut with one staffer,” the hatchery chief said.Preserving Sea Turtles in United States Sea turtles, which have been around for millions of years, are on the brink of extinction.Sea turtles outlived their contemporaries, the dinosaurs, but they need our help against modern threats.Sea Turtles: Ancient Survivors, explains the traits that helped sea turtles triumph in the past, the trials they face today from hunters, loss of nesting beaches and from run-ins with fishing gear—and the things you can do to help.In many countries, people consider their meat and eggs as prized delicacies.Often times they are just killed for their beautiful shell.