According to National Geographic, leatherback turtles have existed for 100 million years. Today, one in a thousand is said to make it to adulthood. If it weren't for turtles, ocean acidity would skyrocket and we would all be swimming with jellyfish.
There is a long list of factors influencing the demise of sea turtle populations. Primarily sea turtles are some of the slowest animals to adapt to human induced climate change due to rising sea levels, poaching and light and plastic pollution.
Between April and July this year I recorded data every night in Costa Rica, noting the severe decline in nesting turtles and was able to salvage a symbolic few nests.
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