Sea Turtles of Okinawa

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Sea Turtles

Species in Okinawa

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Loggerhead Sea Turtle

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Green Sea Turtle

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Hawksbill Sea Turtle

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About Map


Who do you contact when you see an injured or dead turtle?

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Sea Turtle Sightings

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About


This is an informational website on the sea turtles of Okinawa. Learn about the species here and how to ID them, submit sea turtle sightings, find out who to contact if you see an injured turtle, and learn about how to help conserve sea turtles.

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Attribution

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Blog


Learn about sea turtle-related issues and check out local events, actions, education and art.

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Plastic Bags

Plastic bags are petroleum-based and do not biodegrade. Sea turtles mistake plastics bag as food like jellyfish and ingest it. This causes blockages within their digestive system and eventual death.

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Straws & Forks

Plastic straws and reusable utensils often get stuck in the nostrils of sea turtles, causing difficulty breathing and potential death.

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Plastic Trash

Hundreds of thousands of sea turtles, whales, and other marine mammals, and more than 1 million seabirds die each year from ocean pollution and ingestion or entanglement in marine debris.

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Fishing Gear

Abandoned fishing gear, including lines, nets, buoys and hooks, are very dangerous to sea turtles as they often get caught in them or swallow them.

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Balloons

Most balloons are falsely marketed as biodegradable latex. Sea turtles often ingest them and die from not being able to digest them.

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FIBROPAPILLOMAS

FP causes cauliflower-shaped tumors on soft parts and internal organs of sea turtles. The cause of FP is believed to be linked to ocean pollution and global warming.

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Metals & Toxins

Toxic metals may concentrate in the liver and kidneys of sea turtles. Chronic exposure to pollutants makes sea turtles susceptible to disease and death.

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Bekko & Poaching

All sea turtles species are at risk of poaching or illegal trade for their meat, eggs, or shell. Hawksbill is especially popular in East Asia as its shell is made into bekko.