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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Sea Turtle Sightings

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Plastic Bags

Sea turtles mistake plastics bags as food like jellyfish and ingest them. 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 & marine mammals, and more than 1 million seabirds die each year from 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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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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FP causes cauliflower-shaped tumors on soft parts and internal organs of sea turtles. The cause 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 illegal trade for their meat, eggs, or shell. Hawksbill is especially popular as its shell is made into bekko.