Adopt: The hawksbill turtles of Yadua Taba island
Species: Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
About the Hawksbill turtles: Hawksbill turtles are found across a wide range, but predominantly in the tropical reefs of the Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans. They are also known to nest around Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and the Seychelles. Some turtles have been spotted as far west as the Gulf of Mexico and even in the cold waters of the English Channel.
It’s estimated that there are currently around 8,000 nesting female hawksbill turtles; worldwide populations have fallen by 80% in the past century. Adult hawksbills can grow up to 1 metre in length, weigh around 40-60kg and live in the wild for 30-50 years old.
WWF has been working for many years to establish marine protected areas to helpsafeguard turtle nesting beaches, feeding grounds and migration routes around theworld. We work closely with governments and our partner organisations to strengthen the laws governing the international trade in marine turtle products and halt the illegal sale of turtle meat and eggs.