TurtleTraxPredatorsWhile there are few natural predators to mature sea turtles, baby sea turtles have a very rough start at life with only one out of 1,000 hatchlings making it to adulthood. Human nest poaching is common but natural predators can wreak havoc on important nesting beaches as well.

Raccoons, dogs and other wild animals often dig out nests to eat the eggs before they hatch. Crabs and birds wait for hatchlings to emerge from the nest and snatch them as they make the descent into the ocean. Once in the ocean, there is little we know about what happens to the baby sea turtles, but with so few surviving, predators under the sea are just as important.

Nest protection and predator deterrence by conservation groups can help get more baby sea turtles safely to the ocean, but we have little control of what happens next. However, the more hatchlings that make it safely to the waters, the better the odds are that a larger portion will survive into adulthood.