Malaysia is fortunate to host four species of marine turtles out of the seven species worldwide.
Most of us are aware that marine turtles population faces escalation of threats that consist of beach erosion and coastal development, egg-collection,fishery-related mortality and pollution.
Sadly, only 1 out of 10,000 hatchlings survives to adulthood.
What most of us do not know is that:
- Green turtles are largely herbivorous and their constant grazing help to increase the health and growth rate of the sea grass beds which are essential in supporting other marine species. This vast biomass provides food, habitat, and nursery areas for a myriad of fish, shrimps, crabs, seahorse, etc.
- Hawksbill turtles are one of the very few marine species that feed on sponges and play a caretaker role in healthy reef systems which hlep to sustain thriving populations of fish and other marine creatures.
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