well, the Hawksbill turtle is a sea turtle that is currently endangered located in the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean.They weigh aprox 180 lb and 3 ft in lenth.The biggest hawksbill ever found was 280 lb and 4 1/2 ft in lenth. There specific age is so far unknown. They also live near coral and rocky reefs in the warm tropical waters of the Indian and Pacific Oceans and the Central Atlantic. It got its name by its narrow head and a beak like a hawk. This reptile are omnivorous and will also eat mollusks, marine algae, crustaceans, sea urchins, fish, and jellyfish. Their hard shells protect them from many predators, but they still fall prey to large fish, sharks, crocodiles, octopuses, and humans.
Due to how the hawksbill is endangered it suffers from many causes by human and by nature. Number One reason is because of commercial netting. With this being a hazard, it gets caught in it and can choke. Humans are causing a huge harm to their habitat. Coral reefs are being destroyed by pollution, mostly caused by toxic and oil spills. Humans are also harvesting their eggs which is hurting the population. Their shell is one of priority for humans because it can be used for needs such as cosmetics, oil, perfume and leather.They use there It was a huge problem when it was legal to trade shells with japan. In 1993 it became illegal but some continued to trade. It's a very high chance that they can become extinct. It's very cruel for a sea turtle to do a huge journey of traveling many miles, giving birth to hatchings and could all be for nothing.
Done to Help
Society has a big part on the hawksbill. One is that the government put in sea turtles in the endangered species act. This is an act on endangered species that have been for them since 1970. This act was chosen for the hawksbill due to the fact that they are almost being extinct from the sea. They are trying the best they can to protect them from humans. The hawksbill turtle is a sea turtle that is really different from all the other ones living, it will be a shame in the next couple of years to find out they are extinct. The local hotline for a protector of the hawksbill is (631) 369-9829,Department of Environmental Conservation and the National Marine Fisheries Service.
What can WE do?
You can gather in the eastern beaches of Florida and help little hatchlings get to safety in the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
Here you can see Dr. Brian Stacy, N.O.A.A.
veterinarian, cleans a young hawks turtle after the deep water horizon Oil Spill.
- You guys can also Adopt a sea turtle
- You can also donate to the WWF.org to take care of wild animals like such
- You guys can also join the team
and become a part of the worldwide network of SWOT.org
- You guys can also do petitions everywhere to help not only the Hawksbill, but other turtles and creatures of the sea.