Hawksbill Turtles are critically endangered species. This is mostly due to human and natural impacts. They are accidentally captured and threatened by fishing nets. Fox is a natural predator. Despite the turtle’s international protected status, Hawksbill eggs are still eaten around the world.
However, in some corners of the world, there still exists some safe havens for the Hawksbill Turtles, and a number of committed partners – including Global Environmental Facility Small Grants Programme (GEF/SGP) – with the support of the local community are working together to reverse the destiny of this endangered species.
Shib Deraz village located in the South of Iran in Qeshm Island has become a safe spot through the controlling of natural and human disturbances on the beach where Hawksbill Turtles come to make nest for their eggs.
Every year from late February to late June, the intact gentle slopes of the southern shores of the Persian Gulf hosts hundreds of Hawksbill Turtles that come to lay their eggs. After about two months a small black nose appears shyly from the sand on the nest, this means that the eggs have been hatched.