Yet over the last 100 years numbers have dropped dramatically, and some populations have simply disappeared.
Pushed to the brink
Today, six out of the seven species
are either Critically Endangered or Endangered (IUCN Red List 2003
), whilst the status of the seventh species remains unknown due to insufficient information.
They may have outlived the dinosaurs - but the future of marine turtles looks bleak unless we take action now.
Six of the world's seven marine turtle species are found in the Asia Pacific Region - making this region a critical set of habitats for the survival of these ancient mariners.