Posts Categorized: Sea Turtles

Green Sea Turtle, ©Adam Victorino

Five Ways to Market »

All six species of sea turtle found in the United States are currently protected under the Endangered Species Act and various international regulations. But because so many different elements of sea turtles thrive on the black market, they are a prime target for wildlife traffickers.

Ocellate river stingray (captive), © Steven G. Johnson

Celebrating Biodiversity in Latin America »

Latin America holds so many stunning and unique landscapes – from mountain peaks to ocean floor – that it holds the widest variety of plants and animals in the world. So as we celebrate the third annual World Wildlife Day, join us in shining a spotlight on some incredible species to the south.

hawksbill sea turtle, © Jim Abernathy/NGS

Out of Sight »

The illegal wildlife trade is something we imagine happening thousands of miles away, a serious but distant problem. But the fact is that the United States itself is a massive illegal wildlife black market, valued at about $2 billion dollars a year.

Hammerhead in net, © Seawatch.org

Swordfishermen be warned! »

Some commercial fishermen use drift gillnets to sweep the ocean and end up collecting not only intended species of fish, but also “bycatch”, other unintended sea life like whales, dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and seals.