The Private Practice actress will star in a number of print, online and TV, Web and radio spots to help raise awareness of the species — and what can be done to ensure their longtime survival. We need to raise awareness about sea turtles because most people don’t even know that they’re in trouble,” said Walsh. “If people know about what’s actually happening in the water, it will encourage them to take action to help save sea turtles.”
Out of the seven sea turtle species worldwide, six swim in U.S. waters and all of them are either listed as “threatened” or “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act. Everything from pollution to overfishing to coastal development contributes to hundreds of thousands of turtle deaths each year. Oceana’s campaign to save sea turtles is focused on gaining stronger protections from fishing gear as well as protections for key habitat areas. Oceana is also working to persuade Congress to pass comprehensive sea turtle protection legislation.
Check out their official website — where you can also sponsor a turtle — here. One of Walsh’s PSAs is below: