The Brink of Extinction: The Most Endangered Animals in the World

Hawksbill Turtle

Unfortunately for the Hawksbill turtle, its finest feature also happens to be the reason for its close proximity to extinction. Known for its strikingly patterned scaled shell and pointed beak, these sea creatures can be found along the tropical coastlines and coral reefs of the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. Hawksbill turtle’s large shells are valued for their distinct pattern while their eggs are considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, making them a prime target for poachers.

Over the last century, the Hawksbill turtle population is thought to have declined by 80 percent and today scientists say that there are only around 8,000 egg laying females left in the world.

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