Sea Turtles in Trouble Environmental Photojournalism
A leatherback hatchling (seen with a red "safe" light) moves towards the ocean after being helped by a beach-goer that spotted it heading away from the beach and towards the lights of beachfront properties. Scientific estimates indicate that only one in 1000 hatchlings will survive to become a reproductive adult sea turtle. Loss of nesting beaches due to coastal overdevelopment hinder turtles from laying eggs. Light pollution which causes hatchlings to go AWAY from the water and predators ranging from raccoons, birds and even domesticated animals have the odds stacked against them before they ever reach the water. Environmental disasters such as oil spills can be devastating to the animals which spend most of their time underwater but have to surface to breath. It's currently a tough world for a creature that's been around for millions of years.