A day to celebrate the initiatives backed by awareness through collaborative education, conservation, and research programs to save the depleting species of turtles.
World Turtle Day is celebrated every year on 23 May. This year marks the 22nd anniversary of World Turtle Day. Along with agriculture, turtles are also considered a friend of the environment.The main objective of organising this day is to make people aware about the conservation of turtles and their habitat.
Initiatives for the conservation of turtles:
With the depletion of wetlands, turtles are facing danger. In view of the decreasing number of turtles around the world, World Turtle Day is celebrated every year to create awareness among the people about their conservation.
There are only about 6000 species left in the world:
On 23 May, the whole world together celebrates this day. At present only six species remain. The tortoise is such an animal that many people give it good luck and prosperity and many of their species can also be kept at home. Along with farming, turtles are also considered a friend of the environment. It has also been seen that many people buy them in the markets at expensive prices to fulfil their desire.
History of formation of World Turtle Day:
World Turtle Day started being organised from the year 2000. American Tortoise Rescue, a US-based non-profit organisation, was established to save various species of turtles. The main objective of establishing this organisation is the conservation of turtles around the world. People of different countries became aware of the protection of turtles from the year 2000 onwards.
The oldest species are 200 million years old:
The species of tortoise is said to be one of the oldest living species in the world, it is about 200 million old and these ancient species came into existence on earth even before birds, snakes and lizards.
The Tallest Turtle:
Sea turtles are the largest of modern turtles and have specialised shells. Leatherback turtles constitute only one type of leatherback turtle with the Dermochelyidae. There is an individual that reaches a maximum of 2 m in height and 1 ton with a weight of 650–800 kg, which is the largest species of tortoise, including terrestrial.
According to the biologists:
According to biologists, turtles can survive for so long only because nature has been given a shield that protects them.
Turtles can live for more than 150 years:
The Hanako tortoise holds the record of longevity. The tortoise that lived the longest was the Hanako tortoise, which lived for about 226 years. It died on 17 July 1977.
How Corona Lockdown proved to be helpful for tortoise:
In the last few years, turtles have stopped appearing. The marine species of turtles are able to live comfortably on the seashore in lockdown. In summer, the beaches are so crowded that turtles are unable to come out only because of fear, but since no one is able to go anywhere, then turtles are also able to lead an independent life.