Green Sea Turtle Baby
Unfortunately, green sea turtles are classified as endangered on the conservation status spectrum. While much of their population loss is a result of hunting, poaching, fishing nets, habitat destruction, and physical pollution, light pollution is also a serious detriment to the success of green sea turtle reproduction. More specifically, when green sea turtles first emerge from their eggs, they follow the sunlight towards open water. However, light pollution, including the light from buildings and homes, confuses them and forces them to walk away from the water. The good news is that green sea turtles, and sea turtles in general, are amongst the most actively protected animals that are currently endangered or vulnerable.