Why is the hawksbill sea turtle in danger?

Hawksbill sea turtles are among the smaller species of sea turtles. They grow to about one metre in length, and reach weights of about 81 kilogrammes. This turtle is usually found in the tropical regions of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, in waters less than 18 metres in depth.

Unfortunately, for the hawksbill sea turtle, its beautifully marked carapace, marbled with yellow, amber, and brown markings, has made it the target of commercial hunting for its shell. When polished to a high shine, the mottled hues of browns and beiges on the shell come alive and lend a special allure to any crafted item, be it a brooch, comb, hairpin or spectacle frame.

Today, marine pollution, over fishing and loss of nesting grounds, as well as the netting of hawksbill turtles for their shells have all contributed to the fact that the hawksbill sea turtle is critically endangered and on the brink of extinction.