Hawksbill Turtles: An Endangered Species BY lucy b. and isaac a.

Named for their narrow, pointed beaks, Hawksbill turtles are a type of sea turtle living in tropical oceans and coral reefs. They have overlapping scales on its shell, creating a serrated look on the edges.

Hawksbill turtles are found in the tropical waters of the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. They feed on sponges, sea anemones, and jellyfish, and are usually found in shallow waters among coral reefs.

These turtles are on the "critically endangered" list due to the many threats to both them and their environment. The loss of resting and feeding habitats is a large contributor, for example. As for the threats to the turtles themselves, wildlife trade is a major issue. Their patterned shells are highly valuable, and their eggs are collected as food in many places throughout the world.

To stop this issue, people are starting to address wildlife trade. They are also protecting sear turtles habitats and using satellite tracking to help this turtle species survive.

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Created with images by mastrfshrmn - "Hawksbill Sea Turtle 18 - Blackbird Caye - Belize 2016" • mastrfshrmn - "Hawksbill Sea Turtle 26 - Blackbird Caye - Belize 2016"

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