The Survival of the Sea Turtle

The Survival of the Sea Turtle

Sea turtles are miraculous. First, they’ve been around
since the late Jurassic, roughly 150 million years ago. Cohorts of the dinosaurs, sea turtles have survived
through the challenges of eons, existing still today, where many others
have ended their evolutionary run. Second, throughout the centuries
and up till today, every living adult sea turtle
has overcome the odds, existing as a consequence of chance, skill, and capability. The gauntlet each sea turtle faces
in the course of its lifetime goes thus: First, deposited as a clutch of leathery,
ping-pong ball-sized eggs into a nesting pit dug by its mother
high on the beach, of the 50 to 200 eggs laid, roughly 20 percent will never hatch. Roughly a month and a half
after having been laid, the surviving eggs hatch, and the young turtles, each small enough
to fit in the palm of your hand, squirm to the surface,
emerging from the sand en masse, and making their desperate
dash for the sea. Along the way, debris, pitfalls, crabs, gulls, raccoons, and other threats will claim roughly 50 percent of those
who rose from the sand. For those that actually reach the surf, they trade one set of threats for another, as they first face
the repelling force of the waves, and then find a whole new
host of predators awaiting them: Various fish, dolphins,
sharks, and sea birds, as the young turtles
come to the surface for air. For their first few days of life, should they count themselves
amongst the living, the vulnerable turtles
swim frantically forward. Ultimately, they will often
look to settle in a patch of flotsam, preferably a patch of floating seaweed. Now for the next several months, they will seek to avoid
those that would eat them, find that which they might eat themselves, and not fall to the pressures
of challenging weather or unfortunate currents. In this phase, roughly 50 percent
of those who reach the surf will perish. Ultimately, with the passage of years, the survivors will increase in size, from that of a dinner plate at year one to that of a dinner table, in the case of one species
at least, the leatherback, a decade or so later. With size comes
some measure of protection. The only truly worrisome predators
now are some of the larger shark species– bulls, tigers, and whites — and the occasional killer whale. At approximately two decades of age, the survivors will be old enough
themselves to breed, and continue the cycle
which their very existence heralds. Of those that began
as eggs on a distant beach, now less than 10 percent remain, at least, those were the odds
prior to significant human interference. Over the past century, and in particular
in the last several decades, human endeavors, from beach development to plastic refuse to poaching,
long lines, nets, and even noxious chemicals, including oil, have upped the ante for sea turtles, causing their survival rate to drop
to around one percent or less, from each nesting cycle. It is this added human pressure
which has pushed each of the eight sea turtle species into either a threatened
or endangered state. For while they have evolved
to overcome a host of obstacles, the most recent has arisen so quickly and at such scale that the species
find themselves overwhelmed. So let’s quickly recap this cycle of odds. Using a hypothetical nesting season, for females may nest
multiple times in a single year, of 1,000 eggs, for sake of ease. 1000 eggs laid. 800 hatch. 400 make it to the water. 200 progress toward adulthood. 20 survive to breeding age — that is, without human interference. Two survive to breeding age
with human interference. So a breeding adult sea turtle
is the very embodiment of a long shot. It is the exception, not the rule. A jackpot. It is, in a very real sense, a miracle.

Randy Schultz

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100 thoughts on “The Survival of the Sea Turtle

  1. Luiz Pretti says:

    I like Toitels

  2. sunshine says:

    2:35 "IM DOING IT!!!" "nah I give up."

  3. Rey says:

    Fun Fact ; Sea turtles face their shell towards the predator so if it were to charge it would slam its face onto the shell and while the predator is dazed they swim as fast as they can.

  4. lego man says:

    ๐Ÿข๐Ÿ€ |||||||||||๐ŸŠ

  5. xd s says:

    What why!

  6. Mandy says:

    Iโ€™ve fallen into a YouTube loophole

  7. Cรฉdric Dubรฉ says:

    The end made me shed a tear wtf?

  8. Depressed Trashcan says:

    Feels bad now ;-;

  9. TurtleMan8365 says:

    I survived the sea turtle life cycle.

  10. Clinical Edge, Inc. says:

    the turtles are sooooo CUTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love turtles i fell so bad for the turtle that didn't make it

  11. Av Wyra says:

    I will harm any who dare to kill these cute turtles. Now listen to me. I have a very specific set of skills. Skills I've acquired over a very long career. In real estate. If you never harm these turtles again, that… will be the end of it. But if you do, I will look for you. I will find you. And I will build a house around you. With no doors!

  12. Cody Shi says:

    Also while the baby sea turtles weren't hatched yet sometimes raccoon or other animal will dig up their best and eat the egg.

  13. The Awakening Of Johnny Newsome says:

    i liek turtles

  14. Techno never Dies says:


  15. Evangelia Kallia says:

    You want to help the sea turtles?? Become an Archelon volunteer and help preserve the population of the loggerhead sea turtle in Greece! Just google it, you won't lose anything.

  16. Cat Khoo2008 says:

    4:11 what I find a miracle is humans being so incredibly selfish that they are not dead.

  17. ์žฅ์ธ์˜ says:

    ์ง„์งœ์‹œ๋ฐœ ์ธ๊ฐ„์ด ์กด๋‚˜๋ฏธ์•ˆํ•ด ใ… 

  18. Joshua Drew says:

    ๐Ÿข A ๐Ÿข TURTLE ๐Ÿข MADE ๐Ÿข IT ๐Ÿข TO ๐Ÿข THE ๐Ÿข WATER, ๐Ÿข THE ๐Ÿข CYCLE ๐Ÿข OF ๐Ÿข LIFE ๐Ÿข CAN ๐Ÿข BE ๐Ÿข CRUEL ๐Ÿข

  19. HaHa Guy says:

    I love turtles and love humanity i feel like losing love on people for their cruel hearts on animal…..btw im only 11

  20. Espeon's Pokรจmon says:


  21. alpha raptor jp3 says:

    3:14 time is Soo precious why r u wasting time there there's still a way out
    3:17 too late

  22. T L says:

    Oil is nature too LOL

  23. โ€  ิผฮ™ีฮ‘ ฮฑฮทฮทฮฑ โ€  says:

    Cute turtle nice very good have why egg go tell

  24. Micah Lewis says:

    This video was very helpful!

  25. Matilda Goldie says:


  26. B1ackPhoenix42 says:

    There are only 7 species of sea turtles, not 8. But this was a very good video, informative and fun ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. MayaPlayz Roblox says:


  28. ahr1993 says:

    In Malaysia, we already had sanctuary centre for our cute turtles….

    Mainly in Terengganu and Sabah states

  29. Gwyn Ae says:


  30. Rolling Roxanne. says:

    i want to put a leash around one and take it to the park

  31. Babita Yadav says:

  32. Chloe Van Dyke says:

    I literally get chills from watching this. It is so heartwarming!๐Ÿขโค

  33. Random Dude On youtube says:

    LONG LIVE TURTLES ๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข๐Ÿข

  34. Eliki Vula Boletawa says:

    Man this is damm good

  35. Luca Anker says:

    The damn orca scared me

  36. USINGTHA FORCE says:

    A miracle in Esau's land. *Hebrew Israelite Comment.

  37. Ahmad YFH says:

    We need to stop the plastic madness of the modern world

  38. รRini Koesari says:

    So what we need to do to make it better?

  39. Lukas Santachiara says:

    Why he says that there are 8 turtle species, when there are only 7?

  40. Bb Blueee says:

    2019 anyone?

  41. Amitoj Singh says:

    nice animation bro

  42. Vanessa Vasquez says:

    R.I.P Turtles survivors 2014-2016

  43. The Epic Gamer says:

    Humans humans humans when will you stop? Or will you suicide bomb everything?

  44. SWETA KUMARI says:


  45. Owl Turtle says:

    โˆ (๏ฟฃ ยณ๏ฟฃใ€โˆ )๏ผฟ Yes perfect but sad

  46. Bacon Playz says:

    What biome?
    sea turtles in?

  47. Yi-Ting Emile Liu says:


  48. sumaiyah jiffry says:

    so if a turtle lays 100 eggs only 50 of them will hatch then 25 will make it to the sea then 12 or 13 will survive. after that only 1 will survive. geez and i thought exams were killing me

  49. Illiamna says:

    mark sent me here

  50. DJ Nightshade says:

    Now i get why turtles are federally protected.

  51. Albert Mery says:

    Please back our conservation project for the Olive Ridley Turtles! Donate to help us save these miraculous animals, the real victims of climate change and pollution.

  52. Asher Fina says:

    Save the sea turtle

  53. FierceWolves Tv says:

    SO TRUE๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜Šโ˜บโ˜บโ˜บโ˜บโ˜บโ˜บโ˜บโ˜บโ˜บโ˜บ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€

  54. Zinnaire Zimmerman says:

    put ur hand up if you are watching this for school work…

    /(-.-)/ *puts hand up*

  55. goge00 says:

    That's so sad

  56. ClaireZun says:

    2:30 โ€œand the occasional killer whaleโ€
    killer whale swoops in and eats turtle
    Me: WAIT WHA

  57. Tony F says:

    soo amazing for my girl

  58. CookieHearts Plays says:


  59. CookieHearts Plays says:


  60. JUSK_GDC GAMERS says:

    Can yau tell me wer sea turtle is leing a egg

  61. Noodle The Tortoise says:

    Hello everyone! This video has led us to share with you what you can do with your plastic to save turtles and the planet. And that is eco-bricking.
    How to do it:
    1. Collect all of your plastic, do not throw it away.
    2. Wash it
    3. Cut it up and pack it tightly into a plastic (soda or water) bottle
    4. Make sure it is all tightly packed and full up
    5. Research where you can give it in in your area
    6. It will be sent to places with high poverty to build bricks

    Now you choose: hurt a turtle or build a house? Kill or save?

    Share this method with everyone, it is sooooo important!

    We will make a video and instagram posts on it soon.
    x o x


  62. ใƒ•ใƒฉใƒ€ใƒชใƒผใƒชใ‚จ says:


  63. Jesรบs Emilio Barreto Cedeรฑo says:

    We must save these incredible animals.

  64. KennSun 123 says:

    Are you seriously still using plastic straw?

  65. Mayra Cornejo Tapia says:

    Don't kill sea turtles, they are important for us
    Like=sea turtles importants
    Coment=Sea turtles need love
    Dislike= if you don't like sea turtles

  66. Audrey ARNOLD says:

    these bbyโ€™s are too coot

  67. Souhayla Johnson says:

    I leard a lot

  68. Jason Blacklock says:


  69. Erika Sulek-Popov รฉlรจve says:

    yay turtles

  70. Dominico Ray Caceres says:


  71. Karen Aguilar says:

    We as humans deserve to be eradicated for the suffering we put upon Mother Nature and animals of all kinds

  72. Jonah Bryant says:


  73. bumblebees are cute says:

    Light pollution!!! Also damn cute turtles ๐Ÿข

  74. NIcholas.v says:

    We need to safe sea turtles

  75. Weird Guy says:

    This made me cry

  76. Andy Kim says:


  77. MariPosa says:

    If anyone uses plastic straws damn you. Its soggy or metal straws from now on!!!

  78. Nick Augenstein says:

    save da turtles! they are too cute to die!

  79. Ikua Muita says:

    Keannu Reeves: You're exeptional

    Sea Turtle: Ahyug! Aww shucks.

  80. Derek Fertig says:

    We were at topsail beach in NC and there was a couple sea turtle nests marked off on the beach… one hatched while we were there, it was so cool to watch the baby turtles scurry to the water. We made darn sure 100% of the babies made it to the ocean.

  81. Andrew Kashian says:

    Am I the only one who hates these things?

  82. Courier Six says:

    Save the turtles

  83. Philippe Virgili says:

    Baby turtles racing..

  84. Nitro Nitrix says:

    Turtle: snorts plastic straw

  85. Whoops Ya says:

    And I oop, sksksksks

  86. Kate Pabua says:

    2019:yassssssssssss let's recommend this ๐Ÿ˜‚

  87. Hello Machan says:

  88. Jay S says:

    Poor guys threatened at the very beginning, why? That's why there is no god

  89. TimLikesCats says:

    But what's the point of them

  90. Cristina Vallori says:

    make part two of video games

  91. Timothy Yi says:

    Time to throw some plastic straws. ๐Ÿ™‚

  92. Lemonade. says:

    Save the turtles sksksksks

  93. Swords N' Violets says:

    Minecraft turtles brought me here

  94. Itz Buttercup says:


  95. Gianna Kim says:

    Surprised that there are no VSCO girls here

  96. Ridwan, MA Net Media says:

    amazing very good interesting happy new year

  97. Arjan Hosmus 2.0 says:

    from 1:29 to 2:32

  98. Max K says:

    I am 100% VSCO so if you kill a turtle i will litterly yeet u with meh hydroflask also 2020 anyone?

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