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Endangered Sea LifeNovember 18, 2013
Atlantic Bluefin Tuna
The seas are filled with many different forms of life. Some creatures, like the Atlantic bluefin tuna, face extinction. Reaching an average length of six and a half feet, this fish is the largest tuna species. It has become endangered because of years of overfishing by humans.
The black abalone is a type of mollusk—a creature that has a soft body without a backbone and usually lives in a shell. The black abalone has become endangered because of overfishing, disease, and loss of its natural habitat.
Staghorn coral is found in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean Sea, and the western Gulf of Mexico. Its populations have dropped by huge numbers due to—among other things—disease, hurricanes, and changes in temperature.
The leatherback turtle has been around for about 100 million years. It’s the world’s largest turtle. But many of them, along with their eggs, have been harvested for food. Others have been caught in fishing nets.
The largetooth sawfish gets its name from its sawlike snout, which is called a rostrum. Its populations have been greatly reduced over the years, mostly by habitat loss and fishing nets.
The blue whale is the largest animal ever to live on Earth. Humans hunted it for decades, killing tens of thousands. Since 1966, the blue whale has been protected from hunters, but it has been slow in rebuilding its numbers.