“Guest blogger Angela Kinsey (“The Office”) recently joined Oceana in Mexico to swim with sea turtles and film a PSA.
Sea turtle nesting in the U.S. is still a couple months away, but I just couldn’t wait to write something about my new RBFF (reptilian best friend forever) – the sea turtle.
How’d we get so close? It was actually on a trip to the Mexican Riviera last May with Oceana and my good friend Rachael Harris. There, Oceana took us to swim with sea turtles in the wild and visit injured turtles at Mexico’s only sea turtle hospital – it was a wonderful, moving experience.
We went to Akumal Bay to snorkel with green sea turtles (and a one slightly scary barracuda) and I was struck by how lucky I felt to be able to see them in the wild, eating seagrass and going about their day. Then at the sea turtle hospital, seeing turtles injured by fishing gear, boat propellers and other animals was incredibly emotional.
I grew up overseas and had seen sea turtles before, but swimming with them up close and personal changed my perspective in a powerful way. I’m overwhelmed by how much humans are affecting marine life and in the case of sea turtles, which are very susceptible to impacts from climate change too, I worry that my daughter won’t be able to see them and have the same experience swimming with them that I did. Playing at the beach and in the ocean was such big part of my childhood and I hope it can be for her too. And folks…our oceans and the marine life living in them need someone to start looking out for them.
So while I’m just one person, I know I have to do my part to help, which means using my reusable grocery bag, riding my bike (no matter how dorky I look), and taking advantage of other ways to reduce my carbon footprint.
Before my trip with Oceana, I didn’t realize how many problems sea turtles have to deal with, and now that I know the problems, I realize that most people do not. So I signed up with Oceana to help spread the word about the need to protect sea turtles via the Turtles Off the Hook PSA campaign.