The hawksbill sea turtle is a critically endangered sea turtle.
The hawksbill's appearance is similar to that of other marine turtles. In general it has a flattened body shape, a protective carapace, and flipper-like arms, adapted for swimming in the open ocean. While this turtle lives part of its life in the open ocean, it spends more time in shallow lagoons and coral reefs.
This campaign is raising funds to finance conservation efforts in the Gulf of Mexico. The funds will be used to:
- Establish a conservation camp
- Recruit volunteers to work on site
- Purchase material for nesting sites
- Purchase surveillance equipment to control the nests
Human fishing practices threaten the hawksbill populations with extinction. The World Conservation Union classifies the hawksbill as critically endangered. Hawksbill shells were the primary source of tortoiseshell material used for decorative purposes. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species outlaws the capture and trade of hawksbill sea turtles and products derived from them.
Throughout the world, hawksbill sea turtles are taken by humans, though it is illegal to hunt them in many countries. In some parts of the world, hawksbill sea turtles are eaten as a delicacy. Many cultures also use turtles' shells for decoration. These turtles have been harvested for their beautiful shell since Egyptian times, and the material known as tortoiseshell is normally from the hawksbill. In China, where it was known as tai mei, the hawksbill is called the "tortoise-shell turtle", named primarily for its shell, which was used for making and decorating a variety of small items, as it was in the West.
Note: This campaign serves illustration purposes