Scientists have found hawksbill turtles hiding in mangrove forests of the eastern Pacific. The team, that has been tracking the turtles for three years, also found that the critically endangered animals nested in these estuaries. The discovery of this previously unknown sea turtle habitat was published recently in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters. It could explain why the species went undetected in the region for so long. Mangrove forests, which are unique coastal tree and shrub habitats, are also under threat. They could represent an important breeding and nesting site for the species, which was thought to depend on coral reefs. Alexander Gaos, a conservation scientist with San Diego State University and the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative, led the research. BBC