These elusive creatures can swim through water and capture prey underwater, thanks to dense fur that traps air bubbles and reduces drag. Water pollution and habitat destruction have severely impacted their population.
Humans previously hunted these massive creatures extensively for their blubber. This is no longer allowed but fishermen need to adjust their equipment to reduce the likelihood of entanglement, and boaters must adhere to speed limits in whale habitats.
These turtles travel thousands of miles from their nesting beaches in Florida and the Caribbean to feed in our local waters. This turtle is an endangered species that faces threats from hunting, fishing bycatch, and loss of nesting habitats.