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15 endangered species that are still on the menu

By: Bryan Nelson on Aug. 2, 2010, 12:10 p.m.
Green sea turtles

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Green sea turtles

Although they are greenish in color, these sea turtles get their common name from the green fat found beneath their carapace. Now protected from overexploitation by the IUCN and under CITES, green sea turtles are nevertheless still under threat because they are illegally harvested for food throughout their life cycle. Because they migrate such far distances, their survival truly requires international awareness.