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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 Their heads are too large to be withdrawn into the shell.
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Hawksbills are known to inhabit nearshore reefs along the central east coast of Florida (Meylan and Redlow, 2006).
Found by the public, both large and small types of hawksbill sea turtles were placed at the Sharjah Aquarium under a programme that has been protecting them for three years.
Xena, a 77-cm long Hawksbill turtle, which was released from Masirah Island on April 24 this year, is leading the group of most travelled turtles (42km) in the race which kicked off on Tuesday.
Lisa Perry, program director at EWS-WWF, said: "It is important for the project to carry such a regional dimension -- as a post-nesting Hawksbill turtle can travel across several international borders and as a result these movements demand international conservation measures.
The WWB-MTCF also provides the primary support for recovering the largest former hawksbill nesting population in the wider Caribbean at Chiriqui Beach, Panama.
But Sea Mountain Five LLC, a collaboration of California and Big Island investors, recently proposed building a 2,000-unit resort complex on the beach, and environmentalists fear this could spell trouble for critically endangered hawksbill sea turtles.
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.
Cuba lost in a secret ballot Thursday its final attempt to sell off its stockpile of hawksbill turtle shells to Japan at the close of the Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species (CITES) meeting in Nairobi.
Because of their unique ability to harvest such well-defended foods, hawksbills may be important links in the delicate ecology of coral reefs, Meylan says.
Hawksbills are classified by IUCN as Critically Endangered and facing an extremely high risk of global extinction.
What we are doing here on the island is very important as it is a breeding ground for the hawksbills.