Species of Sea Turtles
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Conservation Status

Under the International Conservation Union (IUCN) 'Red List of Threatened Species' hawksbill sea turtles are considered critically endangered.

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED (EN) - A taxon is Critically Endangered when it is facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild in the immediate future

Photo © 2008 C. Rogers

Threats to hawksbills vary from one region to another but include:

Loss of habitat due to coastal development, including tourism and idustrialisation
Accidental capture by fishing activities
Human predation through fishing, egg and shell collection. The latter is used in huge quantities to produce carey, tortoise-shell jewellery
Animal predation

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Illustrations: M. Demma © ICRAM