Make a Symbolic Sea Turtle adoption to help save some of the world’s most endangered animals from extinction and support conservation efforts. #10billionandbust
- Soft plush version of your adopted animal (for age 3 and up)
- Measures approx. eight inches
- Realistic coloring and design
- Quality plush fabric
- 5″ x 7″ formal adoption certificate
- 5″ x 7″ full-color framed photo of your species
Consensus has determined sea turtles, including E. imbricata to be, at the very least, threatened species because of their slow growth and maturity, and slow reproductive rates. Many adult turtles have been killed by humans, both accidentally and deliberately. Their existence is threatened due to pollution and loss of nesting areas because of coastal development. Biologists estimate that the hawksbill population has declined 80 percent in the past 100–135 years. Human and animal encroachment threatens nesting sites, and small mammals dig up the eggs to eat. In the US Virgin Islands, mongooses raid hawksbill nests (along with those of other sea turtles, such as Dermochelys coriacea) right after they are laid.