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Hawksbill Turtle

posted: 12/01/15
by: , Planet Green
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Scientific Name: Eretmochelys imbricata
Status:
Critically Endangered
Average Length: 30-35 inches
Average Weight: 90-150 pounds

The Hawksbill turtle get its name of its narrow beak. They use it to extract sea sponges from crevices, their main source of food. They also eat sea anemones and jellyfish.

However, their beautiful shells are one of the reasons they are so endangered. Their shells are sold as part of the tourist trade. Loss of nesting, over harvesting of their eggs, pollution, poaching, and bycatch.

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How You Can Help:

  • World Wildlife Fund: Learn more about the species and what is being done to help.
  • SeeTurtles.Org: Learn more about turtles, conservation trips, and how you can educate others about turtle conservation.

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