Fact Friday

Hawksbill sea turtle

The shell, or carapace, of the hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate) is gorgeous, but beauty has its price. One of the biggest threats to this critically endangered species is poaching it for its shell. Despite being banned in 1977 by the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), some countries continue to create jewelry, combs, and other valuable objects from the shells.

Photo Credit: Ken Marks

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For Students

Below are online student worksheets that will reinforce and extend the knowledge you will learn in each unit of the Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum. There are three types of worksheets: Lessons, Watch It! worksheets that accompany educational YouTube videos, and Read It! worksheets that accompany our blogs.