The hawksbill turtle
A critically endangered species
Scientific Name: Eretmochelys imbricata
Where they live: Mesoamerican reef, coastal east Africa, Coral triangle
Why they are important: Hawksbill turtle help maintain and keep the balance in reef systems in many tropical ocean ecosystems
Why they are endangered: they are being illegally caught and traded for their plated shells that are in high demand in the black market. Not only this but they are being caught in fishing nets that are intended for other fish. Once entangled in these nets they are often either sold by fisherman or die in the water constricted.
How you can help
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