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Lovers of our Earth’s biosphere are invited to copy and share, or print and give, these Hawksbill Sea Turtle XOEarth Awards that have been dedicated to the Hawksbill Sea Turtleand Greenpeace [greenpeace.org].
The hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae. It is the only extant species in the genus Eretmochelys. These turtle guys and gals have a worldwide distribution.
The hawksbill’s appearance is similar to that of other marine turtles. It has a flattened body shape, a protective carapace, and flipper-like limbs, adapted for swimming in the open ocean. Eretmochelys imbricata is easily distinguished from other sea turtles by its sharp, curving beak with prominent tomium, and the saw-like appearance of its shell margins. One pretty cool trick is that the already beautiful Hawksbill shells can change colors slightly, depending on water temperature. While this turtle lives part of its life in the open ocean, it spends more time in shallow lagoons and coral reefs.
The World Conservation Union, primarily as a result of Human fishing practices, classifies E. imbricata as critically endangered. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species outlaws – yeah!! – the capture and trade of hawksbill sea turtles and products derived from them.
Adult hawksbill sea turtles typically grow to 1 m (3 ft) in length, weighing around 80 kg (180 lb) on average. The heaviest hawksbill ever captured weighed 127 kg (280 lb). The turtle’s shell, or carapace, has an amber background patterned with an irregular combination of light and dark streaks, with predominantly black and mottled-brown colors radiating to the sides.
Hawksbill sea turtle’s elongated, tapered head ends in a beak-like mouth (from which its common name is derived), and its beak is more sharply pronounced and hooked. The hawksbill’s fore limbs have two visible claws on each flipper.
Due to its consumption of venomous cnidarians, hawksbill sea turtle flesh can become toxic. Yessss. Now that’s a good hawksbill “turtle soup sucks” tactic.
The hawksbill sea turtle has been shown to be biofluorescent and is the first reptile recorded with this characteristic. It is unknown if this is derived from the turtle’s diet, which includes biofluorescent organisms like the hard coral Physogyra lichtensteini. Glowing turtles are cool, yepperz!!
Adult hawksbill sea turtles are primarily found in tropical coral reefs. They are usually seen resting in caves and ledges in and around these reefs throughout the day. As a highly migratory species, they inhabit a wide range of habitats, from the open ocean to lagoons and even mangrove swamps in estuaries. Like other young sea turtles, the young ones are assumed to be pelagic, remaining at sea until they mature.
Hawksbills mate biannually in secluded lagoons off their nesting beaches in remote islands throughout their range. The most significant nesting beaches are in Mexico, the Seychelles, Indonesia, and Australia.
After mating, females drag their heavy bodies high onto the beach during the night. They clear an area of debris and dig a nesting hole using their rear flippers, then lay clutches of eggs and cover them with sand. Caribbean and Florida nests of E. imbricata normally contain around 140 eggs. After the hours-long process, the female returns to the sea. Their nests can be found throughout beaches in about 60 countries.
The baby turtles, usually weighing less than 24 g (0.85 oz) hatch at night after around two months. These newly emergent hatchlings are dark-colored, with heart-shaped carapaces measuring around 2.5 cm (0.98 in) long. They instinctively crawl into the sea, attracted by the reflection of the moon on the water (possibly disrupted by light sources such as street lamps and lights). While they emerge under the cover of darkness, baby turtles that do not reach the water by daybreak are preyed upon by shorebirds, shore crabs, and other predators.
Hawksbills evidently reach maturity after 20 years. Their lifespan is unknown. Like other sea turtles, hawksbills are solitary for most of their lives, and they meet only to mate. They are highly migratory. Because of their tough carapaces, adults’ only predators are sharks, estuarine crocodiles, octopuses, and some species of pelagic fish.
Looks like hawksbill sea turtles have a pretty good life — when they survive ocean and human dangers. Give to organizations that help save em! Wink, wink!
In recognition of the Greenpeace‘s crucial ocean, air, soils and climate protection work that is helping save our biosphere’s climate – and therefore humankind, the turtles and other species – we are honored to dedicate these Hawksbill Sea Turtle XOEarth Awards to Greenpeace.
We love the Greenpeace‘s motto, “Greenpeace will never stop fighting for a greener, healthier world for our oceans, forests, food, climate, and democracy — no matter what forces stand in our way.”
Every one of Campaigns are dear to our heart!! Here is the Greenpeace rundown of those crucial Campaigns along. [They are arranged in my order, ending with my comment in brackets] ::
Fighting Global Warming :: If climate denial is going to be the default position of the Trump White House, then relentless resistance will be the default position of the American people. Our world is warmer than ever before, and people and wildlife are already suffering the consequences. But that’s nothing compared to what we’re leaving future generations if these trends continue. It’s time to stop the destruction and build the clean energy future we deserve. [Mama be cool if we be cool. Join Greenpeace in this life or death mission to save our blue orb.]
Saving the Arctic :: The Arctic is one of the most unique places on Earth. It spans eight countries, is home to more than 13 million people and provides a habitat for some of the most incredible wildlife on Earth. And now, it’s become a major battleground in the fight to stop climate change and keep fossil fuels where they belong — in the ground. [What happens in the Arctic does not stay in the Arctic. Yeah Greenpeace!]
Protecting Forests :: Forests are crucial for the health and well-being of people, wildlife and our planet. They’re home to roughly two-thirds of all land-dwelling plant and animal species, critical lifelines for communities big and small, and one of the last lines of defense against catastrophic climate change. [Hug a tree + join Greenpeace + save you and me!]
Protecting Our Oceans :: Healthy oceans are the life support system for our planet, providing 97 percent of the Earth’s livable habitat and a home to more than 700,000 species. The oceans are vital to human health as well, providing jobs, enjoyment and food to billions of people. Half of the oxygen we breathe is generated by our oceans. [Fight for the phytoplankton, if you like to breath!]
Promoting Sustainable Agriculture :: Agriculture should work with our natural environment, not against it. We all deserve food that’s nutritious, delicious, and healthy — both for people and the planet. That’s not the reality we live in today, but it can be. [Soil holds carbon. Grow a garden. Support permaculture farmers. Eat plants, not animals.]
Living Toxic-Free :: We all deserve to live our lives free of the harmful impacts of toxic chemicals. Whether by pushing for safer chemical plants or detoxing the clothing we wear every day, we’re working towards a toxic-free future for all. [How are crazy chemicals making people crazy? Go toxic free.]
Defending Democracy :: The most powerful force on the planet is people power. It’s stronger than any government and any climate-denying, white supremacist, xenophobic president — but only if we act. Now more than ever, we must unite to as a movement against Trump presidency that will mean more fossil fuel corruption and less protection for people and the planet. [Resist. Insist. Persist.]
Here are the three steps that guide Greenpeace, in their words ::
Investigate :: We believe in the public’s right to know about what’s happening to our planet. Our investigations expose environmental crimes and the people, companies and governments that need to be held responsible.
Connect :: Each one of us can make small changes in our lives, but together we can change the world. Greenpeace connects people from all over the globe. We bring together diverse perspectives, and help communities and individuals to come together.
Act :: We have the courage to take action and stand up for our beliefs. We work together to stop the destruction of the environment using peaceful direct action and creative communication. We don’t just identify problems, we create solutions.
And we totally appreciate that the USA Greenpeace website proclaims ::
“We defend the natural world and promote peace by investigating, exposing, and confronting environmental abuse, championing environmentally responsible solutions, and advocating for the rights and well-being of all people.
With the election of Donald Trump to the presidency, the road to a green and peaceful future became a lot steeper — but we’re not backing down.
The threat Trump poses is nearly as enormous as climate change itself. He’s trying to move this country backwards while the rest of the world is moving forward. When a force vows to undo all the progress the people in this country have made, the only way to stop it is to unite in peaceful resistance. That’s why we’re so glad to have you on our side.
It’s going to take a huge effort, made possible by people all over the world. That’s where you come in. Our movement is inclusive, people-powered, and collective, with people like you at the center.
Empowerment goes both ways. The weight and resources that we’re able to devote to pushing for a greener and more peaceful world is only made possible because of the courage, heart, and the collective power of people like you.”
Greenpeace also says, “We’ve been campaigning for a green and peaceful future for 40 years — and we’re not stopping now. It’s time to rise up like never before and fight for our climate and communities.”
For all the life, Stele Ely
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