The hawksbill turtle

A critically endangered species

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The facts

Name: Hawksbill Turtle

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

You can make a difference by supporting WWF in their pursuit to help the turtles by either donating to the cause or adopting a turtle here https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/hawksbill-turtle

Works Cited

"Hawksbill Turtle." WWF. World Wildlife Fund, n.d. Web. 01 May 2017.


Poke, |. Darren. "5 Interesting Facts About Hawksbill Turtles." Hayden's Animal Facts. N.p.,

27 June 2016. Web. 01 May 2017.