The Green (Sea) Turtle is an Endangered Species, even though it is now protected throughout most of the world. Threats to the species include illegal hunting, habitat destruction, pollution, and accidental entanglement in fishing lines. Green Turtle @ Sipadan by lndr, via Flickr
Manta rays are large eagle rays belonging to the genus Manta. The larger species, M. birostris, reaches 7 m (23 ft) in width while the smaller, M. alfredi, reaches 5.5 m (18 ft). Both have triangular pectoral fins, horn-shaped cephalic fins and large, forward-facing mouths. They are classified among the Elasmobranchii (sharks and rays) and are placed in the eagle ray family Myliobatidae.
Sawfish... critically endangered species.....A strange-looking fish has snapped up a spot on the endangered species list. The smalltooth sawfish is the first U.S. marine fish to receive federal protection as an endangered species.
The Sawfish, a ray, is an Elasmobranch and like its fellow group members (sharks, rays and skates) has a cartilaginous skeleton. It uses its saw (characterized by toothlike structures called denticles) for defense and for feeding by slashing its saw from side to side along the ocean floor, dislodging prey and likely by slashing through schools of fish, stunning or injuring them before consuming them via the ventral mouth. The largest species has been documented to weigh in at over 5,000lbs…