"Hawksbill Sea Turtle" by Amber Marine ~ Watercolor & Sea Salt Painting, (c) 2016by Amber Marine
ABOUT THE ART
Endangered species art feature - April 2016: The Hawksbill Sea Turtle!
The Hawksbill sea turtle is critically endangered. Too beautiful for their own good - hawksbills have been hunted by humans for their shells for centuries. The shells are made into "tortoise shell" jewelry. Sadly - despite their international status as a protected species - these turtles continue to be hunted for their shells. In some countries humans also dig up hawksbill eggs to sell/eat. As if this wasn't enough threat; hawksbill turtles also fall victim to gillnets - longlines - and derelict commercial fishing gear.
What can we do?! Raise awareness: in your travels please DO NOT buy tortoise shell/turtle shell jewelry! Don't buy seafood caught by wasteful indiscriminate fishing methods. Love your turtles. Tell a friend.
Visit ConserveTurtles.org to learn more and help.
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