Sea Turtle Threats

Worldwide, six of the seven sea turtle species are classified as threatened or endangered due to human actions and lifestyles. 

The biggest threats include:

 

Global Status

The world's seven sea turtle species are classified as follows according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species:

LeatherbacksVulnerable

GreensEndangered

LoggerheadsEndangered

HawksbillsCritically Endangered

Olive RidleysVulnerable

Kemp's RidleysCritically Endangered

FlatbacksData Deficient

 

IUCN Definitions:

Critically Endangered: Species is considered to be facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

Endangered: Species is considered to be facing a very high risk of extinction in the wild. 

Vulnerable: Species is considered to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild.

Data Deficient: Species that cannot be evaluated because of insufficient information.

 

What is SEE Turtles?

We're a non-profit project that connects travelers and volunteers with sea turtle conservation projects in places that most need the support. 

 

Photo credits: Neil Ever Osborne

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