Sea turtles can be found in all of the world’s oceans except the polar regions. Migratory creatures, they spend most of their lives in the sea, only coming ashore from time to time to nest or bask. Turtles have long been hunted for their shells, eggs, meat and skin, and sadly, numbers are in decline. Habitat destruction and climate change have also had an impact on nesting sites.
There are seven remaining species of sea turtle. The Hawksbill, Kemp’s Ridley and Green are classed as critically endangered by the IUCN. The Leatherback, Loggerhead and Olive Ridley are in the vulnerable category. The conservation status of the Flatback is unclear due to a lack of available data.