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see sea turtlesea turtle,
name for several species of large marine turtles found in tropical and subtropical oceans. These turtles are modified for life in the ocean by having flipperlike forelimbs without toes and lightweight shells. Their heads are too large to be withdrawn into the shell.
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endangered Hawksbill turtle, through the EWS-WWF Marine Turtle Conservation
Amdeep Sanghera holds a green (left) and hawksbill turtle species he is helping to save
It serves as a foraging habitat for the critically endangered hawksbill turtles and green turtles as well.
A 2006 survey carried out by TRAFFIC found more than 23,000 items made from hawksbill turtles for sale.
They support an important spectrum of marine life including seabirds and migratory waders, a large population of endangered hawksbill turtles, and dugongs.
Cuba has withdrawn a controversial proposal to trade shells of the endangered hawksbill turtle following worldwide pressure from marine turtle experts and environmental groups.
Guantanamo Bay, or "GTMO" as the locals call it, is home to many endangered or threatened species, including the hawksbill turtle, the cuban rock iguana, and a host of other plants and animals that are native only to the area in and around the base.
Japan is interested in minke whale, hawksbill turtles and elephant ivory due to traditional and cultural values, the officials said.
The meeting will consider 62 proposals to amend the trade controls on particular species of plants and animals, ranging from whales and elephants to the hawksbill turtle and the horned parakeet,'' said Mario Hernandez of the CITES secretariat in Geneva.
In the meantime, the monitoring crew guarding the Hawaiian hawksbill turtles continues to score a victory against extinction each time a nest hatches.
The hawksbill turtles nest is adjacent to the Park Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Villas on Saadiyat Beach.
The latest batch of released turtles included a 70 kilogramme loggerhead and four young hawksbill turtles, all with satellite tags, in addition to two green turtles and three hawksbill turtles.