June 16th

World Sea Turtle Day -

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World Sea Turtle Day, celebrated every year on June 16th, is a day focused on the importance of sea turtles to our planet’s ecosystems. The main aim of this day is to draw global attention and raise awareness about these astonishing creatures that are increasingly endangered.

On this day, people are encouraged to learn about sea turtles, the threats they face, and the measures that can be taken to protect and conserve these ancient marine wonders for future generations.

History of World Sea Turtle Day

The 16th of June is celebrated internationally as World Sea Turtle Day. This celebration pays tribute to Dr. Archie Carr, Jr., a paramount figure in the world of sea turtle science. His groundbreaking work and dedication to the study and preservation of these creatures put a spotlight on their struggles due to human activities.

Born in 1909 in Alabama, USA, Dr. Carr was a distinguished herpetologist and a pioneering figure in the realm of sea turtle research. Throughout his career, he shared invaluable insights on sea turtle biology through his scientific papers and books which became benchmark references in turtle conservation.

During the 1950s, he dedicated his time and efforts to studying the green turtle (Chelonia mydas) on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. His research offered critical insights into the lives of these creatures and made significant contributions to global knowledge about sea turtles and their conservation.

Dr. Carr’s devotion to protecting sea turtles laid the groundwork for the founding of the Caribbean Conservation Corporation in 1959, now known as the Sea Turtle Conservancy. This marked the establishment of the first organization entirely focused on sea turtle conservation. His organization made groundbreaking strides in identifying migratory patterns, feeding grounds, and understanding the threats these species face.

World Sea Turtle Day was established in remembrance of his monumental contributions. Even though the exact date of the first celebration isn’t solidly pinpointed, the importance and global acceptance of the day is undeniable. Its primary goal remains the same - to increase global awareness about sea turtles and their habitats, and to encourage participation in uplifting their populations.

World Sea Turtle Day Timeline

First appearance of Sea Turtles

Around this time, during the Cretaceous period, the first sea turtles are believed to have appeared.

Sea Turtles in Art

Sea turtles were depicted in ancient Greek and Roman art, revealing their significance in these cultures.

Columbus and the Sea Turtles

Christopher Columbus and his crew were said to have survived on sea turtle meat when their food supplies ran low.

Endangered Species Act

Sea turtles are listed and protected under the U.S. Endangered Species Act.

Convention on Migratory Species

Sea turtles are included in the Convention on Migratory Species, an international treaty aimed at conserving migratory species throughout their range.

First World Sea Turtle Day

The 1st World Sea Turtle Day is celebrated on June 16th, the birthday of Dr. Archie Carr, known as the 'father of sea turtle biology'.

Continued Preservation Efforts

Sea Turtle Day is globally recognized as a day to honor and highlight the importance of preserving sea turtles.

Ideas to Celebrate World Sea Turtle Day

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Organize a Beach Cleanup

Gather friends, family, and community members to clean up local beaches, helping to create a safer environment for sea turtles and other marine life. Use this opportunity to educate participants about the importance of keeping oceans clean.

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Adopt a Sea Turtle

Celebrate World Sea Turtle Day by symbolically adopting a sea turtle through a wildlife conservation organization. This generally involves a donation that aids in sea turtle conservation efforts, and you sometimes receive an adoption certificate and information about 'your' turtle.

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Start a Fundraising Campaign

Use this special day as an opportunity to seize initiative and start a fundraising campaign for sea turtle conservation. The money raised can be donated to a sea turtle conservation organization to support their mission.

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Watch a Documentary about Sea Turtles

Documentaries can provide a wealth of information about sea turtles, their lives, and the threats they face. They are an entertaining and easy way to learn and share knowledge about these magnificent creatures.

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Host a Sea Turtle Awareness Event

Organize a community event or school assembly focusing on sea turtle conservation. Invite speakers who are knowledgeable about sea turtles, including local scientists, conservationists, or members of sea turtle rescue organizations.

8 Interesting Facts About Sea Turtles


Longest Living Reptile

Sea turtles, specifically the green sea turtle, is one of the longest-lived species of any reptile. They frequently live to be over 80 years old with some reaching up to a century.


Seven Unique Species

There are seven unique species of sea turtles around the world. They are the Leatherback, Green, Hawksbill, Flatback, Olive Ridley, Kemp's Ridley, and the Loggerhead sea turtle.


Incredible Migration

Sea turtles are renowned for their navigational skills and long-distance migrations. Some Loggerhead turtles have been known to cross the Pacific Ocean from Japan to the west coast of North America and back.


Prehistoric Creatures

Sea turtles have been around for a really long time, approximately 110 million years. They're even older than dinosaurs.


Not So Fast On Land

Although sea turtles are graceful and fast swimmers reaching speeds of up to 35 mph in water, they are incredibly slow and awkward on land.


Rare Male Sea Turtles

The gender of a sea turtle is determined by the incubation temperature of the egg. Warmer temperatures produce more females, while cooler temperatures produce more males. Due to global warming, there's a concern it may lead to more female sea turtles.


Delayed Egg Laying

After mating at sea, female sea turtles return to the same beach where they were born to lay their eggs. They can hold onto the sperm for several months before fertilizing their eggs.


Sleeping Underwater

Sea turtles can hold their breath for several hours, depending upon the situation. This ability allows them to sleep underwater.

World Sea Turtle Day FAQs

Next World Sea Turtle Day Dates

Year Date Day
2023 June 16th Friday
2024 June 16th Sunday
2025 June 16th Monday
2026 June 16th Tuesday
2027 June 16th Wednesday
What is the pattern? Every June 16th

World Sea Turtle Day Word Search

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