4 Endangered Sea Turtles You May Never See

Many sea turtle species are extinct, never to be seen again. It is also not surprising that several sea turtle species are on the brink of extinction. If nothing is done, future generations will never experience what it feels like to swim with these majestic gentle creatures. 

Here are 5 critically endangered sea turtles. 

Hawksbill Sea Turtle

Population: 20,000 - 23,000

Threat Level: Critically Endangered

Habitat: Tropical Oceans

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Hawksbill turtles are living representatives of a group of reptiles that has existed on Earth and travelled our seas for the last 100 million years. They are a fundamental link in marine ecosystems and help maintain the health of coral reefs and sea grass beds. Hawksbill sea turtles are especially good at eating sponge off of coral reefs, which helps fish have better access to sea beds.

Loggerhead Sea Turtle

Population: 40,000

Threat Level: Vulnerable

Habitat: Mediterranean Ocean

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Loggerhead turtles are fun and playful and often interact with people. Loggerheads have strong jaws that can break open urchins and other tasty snacks. Due to an increase of tourism and pollution, the Loggerhead is having increased difficulty laying eggs in the sand. 

Loggerheads often get caught in fishing nets and other man-made fishing equipment, which is a serious problem for this endangered species.

Leatherback Sea Turtle

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Population: 2,600

Threat Level: Critically Endangered

Habitat: Pacific/Atlantic Ocean 

The Leatherback sea turtle is the largest, longest, and deepest diving of the sea turtle family. Unfortunately, this majestic creature is also one of the most threatened. Specifically, the Pacific Leatherback sea turtle has an estimated 2,600 remaining females. If nothing is done, the Pacific Leatherback will likely become extinct within 50 years. 

Green Sea Turtle

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Population: Less than 100,000

Threat Level: Endangered

Habitat: Tropical / Subtropical Oceans

The Green sea turtle is fairly large compared to the Hawksbill and Loggerhead, and it is the only herbivore of the group. Green sea turtles migrate every year back to their place of birth to lay eggs. Unfortunately, due to the rise in turtle egg poaching, the Green sea turtle is having trouble sustaining it's population. 

Whether it's egg poaching, pollution, fishing nets, or one of the various other causes, the effect is clear; something must be done to preserve our precious sea turtles.

If you want to help, you can. Consider ordering some of our crafted with love Save the Sea Turtles bracelets! Each bracelet is made by artisans who rely on their craft as income, and 10% net profits will go to Sea Turtle Foundation.
Consider checking out World Wildlife Fund for more information on sea turtle endangerment! 

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