Hawksbill Turtle

The Endangered Turtle We Never Knew

Throughout the marine, aquatic life in the tropical oceans of the world, many enchanting organisms exist although arguably one of the most beautiful yet endangered might be the Hawksbill Turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)

Introduction

Sea turtles are some of the seas most benevolent creatures. They live a carefree life as a migratory animal given that they've reached sexual maturity but in the last last century Sea turtles has been having it rough. With man influencing the very environment they live in to an extreme threatening their very livelihood. The Hawksbill Sea Turtle is one of those turtles and has reached the status critically endangered.
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Physical Description

Known for its pointed beak the Hawksbill has developed this evolutionary feature to pick out sponges in coral reefs.

Well the Hawksbill Sea Turtle's shell is a highly wanted commodity on the black market, its shell is one of its greatest defense mechanisms making it almost prey to none

Distribution Patterns

Found throughout the tropical oceans of the world it sets it mark across many continents found mainly in the Atlantic, Indo-Pacific Ocean, and Eastern Pacific
Although the Hawksbill is found throughout many tropical oceans, data is limited as young hawksbill aren't found until they reach adulthood when they come up ashore. Adults similarly are hard to find as they tend to be the "lone wolf" type and are mainly recorded when they come ashore for mating.

Population Factors

When the Hawksbill is finally sexually mature it is common for female Hawsbill to return to its nesting beach to lay its egg leaving its "lone wolf" life style every 2 - 3 years to seeks a mate to reproduce.

Fun Fact

~ The temperature where they eggs are incubated determine its sex. Colder temperature produce more males well warmer temperatures produce more females

Environmental Factors

A density-dependent factor that affects the Hawksbill is the coral reefs. The Hawksbill feeds on sponges that grow on coral reefs and in turn keeps the sponge population in check preventing sponges from consuming the reef.
A density-independent factor that affects the hawksbill is climate change. Climate change causes warmer than normal temperatures allowing for diseases to last longer and the coral reefs more susceptible to them

The Dangers of LIfe

Extinction Risk

Near Threatened - Likely to qualify for a threatened category in the future

Vulnerable - Facing high risk of extinction in the wild

Endangered - Facing high risk of extinction in the wild

Critically Endangered - Facing extremely high risk of extinction in the wild

Extinct in the Wild - Known only to survive in cultivation, in captivity, or as a naturalized population

Extinct - No reasonable doubt that the last individual has died

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Natures Gentle Fury

The Hawksbill Turtle faces quite the hurdle of troubles just to grow up and be a mature adult. Without looking at human's influence on the turtle, nature has quite the fate on their long journey to adulthood.

Dangers Before Birth

Dangers After Birth

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You'd think with all the trouble mother nature gives us man would be a little kinder right?

Human Infuence

Well nature provides its own set of troubles to adulthood, man makes it look merciful. Whether its pouching or loss of habitat, humans haven't made the struggle to adulthood any easier

Fun Facts

~ During 1952 - 1992 its estimated that 2 million turtle shells were imported into japan before its international ban

Conservation Efforts

Many organizations are now fighting to protect marine life. Conversations like World Wildlife Fund (WWF) or Sea Turtle Conservancy would work to better the conditions of sea turtles and reduce damages brought upon by humans in many forms.
Using satellite tracking beacons placed on sea turtles like the Hawksbill, researchers work to better understand their migration patterns and movements so the information can be used to potentially create conversations or better the Hawksbill in other ways
Treaties like the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) and Inter-American Convention (IAC) work to protect sea turtles and protect their migratory patterns
Working with the fishing industry to develop fishing gear that reduce bycatch of unwanted marine life
Working with fishing communities to help create an alternative source of income where communities are dependent on unsustainable practices

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