Sea turtle hatchlings are now having trouble finding their way to the sea because of all the lights from buildings that are built on the coast. They get disoriented when they are born and will wander in the wrong way away from the sea. This leads them to predators that live inland or will even cause the turtle to become dehydrated and die. Humans are also building coastal armoring that is blocking female turtles from reaching a suitable nesting habitat. This is a severe problem in Florida where they have many coastal rock elevations and sand bags. Where all this beach development is occurring thousands of sea turtles are trying to nest. Beach dredging is also having a direct effect on sea turtle's trying to nest. If the sand is too impacted or is drastically different from native beach sediment, the mother will have trouble creating the nest.
But it isn't all good news for sea turtles. Six of the seven species around the world are still endangered and the study highlights there have also been 35 instances of population decline, including the leatherback populations in the Pacific. Separately, sub populations in the east Pacific, west Pacific, southwest Atlantic, and southwest Indian Ocean remain critically endangered. "These subpopulations require effective protection and reduction of threats to ensure their future existence," the IUCN SSC Marine Turtle Specialist Group said at the time .