Part of the Testudines order, sea turtles are an important member of oceans around the world. They can be found in warm and temperate waters, primarily in shallow, coastal regions, as well as in bays, lagoons, and estuaries.
While there are a large number of sea turtle species, many ofthem are in danger. The IUCN has classified three species as eitherendangered or critically endangered, and an additional three asvulnerable. Similarly, all sea turtle populations found in NorthAmerican waters are listed are threatened or endangered, includingthe green, loggerhead, Kemp's ridley, Olive ridley, hawksbill,flatback, and leatherback sea turtle.