Hawksbill Turtle

Hawksbill Turtle

Eretmochelys imbricata

Status: Critically Endangered

Population: n/a

Hawksbills feed in coral reefs, helping to maintain the health of reefs and sea grass beds. Their existence is threatened by wildlife trade of their shells, habitat loss, egg collection, pollution and development on coasts, where they lay their eggs. They often get caught on fishing hooks or tangled in gillnets, causing them to drown.

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