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Protect the Ocean & Save the Hawksbill Turtle

Is Central America on your travel itinerary? Keep an eye out for souvenirs made from endangered Hawksbill turtle shells. Although the sale of products made with Hawksbill turtles is illegal, there are still an estimated 70% of stores in Nicaragua selling turtleshell souvenirs, according to the organisation Too Rare to Wear.

How to Identify and Avoid Real Turtle Shell Souvenirs

Overall, most tourists don’t realise that turtleshell souvenirs come from endangered Hawksbill turtles. The Hawksbill population declined more than 80% in the last century, with only 15,000 females left according to a Too Rare to Wear report.

Hawksbill Turtle Fast Facts:

So Celebrate #WorldOceansDay today and take the pledge with @TooRareToWear to protect these cute sea creatures.