What is your Ocean Spirit?
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Your friend's Ocean Spirit is the... Hawksbill Turtle!
Hawksbill turtles are attractive, chill, and friendly people. They are so good at handling toxicity, they eat it for breakfast. They are attractive but have to be careful of attracting the wrong people. They give advice beyond their years being among the oldest creatures on Earth.
The hawksbill is one of five marine turtle species found in the Philippines. It’s classified as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List, with its population declining by 80% over the past decade. In the Philippines, this turtle species is among the most trafficked on the black market, coveted for its shell, which is carved into ornaments and baubles.
Under Philippine law, all sea turtles are considered protected species. The hunting, killing and gathering of hawksbill turtle eggs as well as destruction of their nests, selling, transporting or possession of any part or derivatives is punishable with a fine of up to 1 million pesos and/or imprisonment for up to 12 years.
Rising sea level in the Philippines has also affected the survivability of hatchlings because some turtle nests are inundated by water.
How can you help?
Communities near nesting beaches in different parts of the Philippines continue to look after the turtle nests, coming up with their own ways to protect them, such as putting up enclosures to protect the eggs, until the hatchlings are ready to be released back into the sea.
Proper waste disposal is also critical because sea turtles mistakenly ingest plastic and balloons, mistaking them for food like jellyfish. Minimizing plastic waste at the source, such as our households, can lessen waste that may potentially end up in the ocean and in the bodies of the sea turtles.