5 sea turtle species that are on the brink

Nearly all sea turtle species are classified as endangered, with three of the seven species now critically endangered. Tens of thousands of sea turtles are lost each year to over-harvesting and illegal trade

Mass nesting of Olive Ridley turtles near the river Rushikulya mouth in Ganjam district, Odisha on 5 April, 2022.

Bette Zirkelbach, manager of the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital, observes a juvenile green sea turtle crawl into the ocean on 22 April, 2022, at Sombrero Beach in Marathon, Florida.

A Hawksbill sea turtle, that was found on a nearby beach, is displayed after an autopsy, in the United Arab Emirates. Hawksbills are found mainly throughout the world's tropical oceans, predominantly in coral reefs.

The Loggerhead sea turtle is an oceanic species distributed around the world. According to the WWF, many of their nesting beaches are under threat from tourism development. This species is currently listed as ‘vulnerable’ by the IUCN.

Leatherback sea turtle hatchlings crawling to the sea. Leatherbacks are the largest sea turtle species and also one of the most migratory. Despite their wide distribution, their numbers have declined during the last century

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