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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
Every sea turtle has markings as distinct as fingerprints on their shells. In an attempt to save the turtles from slaughter, rescue groups are etching their shells with tools that 'ruin' them for collectors. YEA FOR THE TURTLES!