That includes green sea turtles like Nickel, who marks her 10th anniversary in the Caribbean Reef next month. Nickel was nearly a fatality from a motorboat collision. But one of the biggest threats to sea turtles is entrapment in bottom-trawling shrimp nets, which drown these air-breathers. Responsible U.S. fishermen equip their trawls with turtle excluder devices—essentially escape hatches—that let turtles out without a loss of the targeted catch. So we can make a difference for sea turtles through our seafood choices. Check out Shedd’s Right Bite card for a convenient, compact guide to sustainably caught seafood, including shrimp—good for you and good for sea turtles. Let’s keep World Sea Turtle Day a celebration long into the future!
—Karen Furnweger, web editor