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13 Threatened Animals Of The Ocean (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post     First Posted: 05/30/10 06:12 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 04:55 PM ET

There are currently 620 species of marine animals designated as threatened on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List. These animals are in danger of becoming extinct, and are an important reminder as to why we humans need to clean up our act and work to protect our oceans from pollution and overfishing. Because of our destructive ways, there are innumerable others inhabiting the oceans that are quickly on their way to joining these 620 species, threatened with extinction.

We've compiled 13 of the many beautiful, amazing, and awesome ocean animals that are in trouble.


Hawksbill Turtle
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Spread all across the world, the Hawksbill Turtle is listed as critically endangered with approximately 8,000 nesting females remaining. The loss of coral reef communities is a global threat to the turtles, as they rely on them for food and habitat. In many countries they are hunted for food, leather, oil, perfume and cosmetics. In addition, their shells are the primary source of "tortoise shell" material.
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