Hawksbill sea turtle
The hawksbill sea turtle is the only species in the genus Eretmochelys. It has a flattened body shape, a protective carapace, and flipper-like limbs. E. imbricata is easily distinguished from other sea turtles by its sharp, curving beak with prominent tomium, and the saw-like appearance of its shell margins. Males have more intense pigmentation than females, and a behavioural role of these differences is speculated.
About Hawksbill sea turtle in brief
The hawksbill sea turtle is the only species in the genus Eretmochelys. It has a flattened body shape, a protective carapace, and flipper-like limbs. E. imbricata is easily distinguished from other sea turtles by its sharp, curving beak with prominent tomium, and the saw-like appearance of its shell margins. Hawksbill sea turtles have a wide range, found predominantly in tropical reefs of the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans. In the Atlantic, hawksbills range as far west as the Gulf of Mexico and as far southeast as the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. Males have more intense pigmentation than females, and a behavioural role of these differences is speculated. Their range is limited to the tropical ocean’s tropical and subtropical regions, including the Persian Gulf, Persian Gulf and New Zealand. They are present across the Malay Archipelago and northern Australia, including Boracay and northern New Zealand, and in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Africa, including Madagascar and nearby islands. They feed in waters around Mona Island and nearby seasills, and are a common sight along the coast of South Africa and nearby island groups. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species outlaws the capture and trade of hawks Bill sea turtles and products derived from them. The heaviest hawks bill ever captured weighed 127 kg. The turtle’s shell has an amber background patterned with an irregular combination of light and dark streaks, with predominantly black and mottled-brown colors radiating to the sides.
The turtle appears to frequently employ its sturdy shell to insert its body into tight spaces in reefs. Due to its consumption of venomous cnidarians, hawkbill sea Turtle flesh can become toxic. The hawksBill sea turtle has been shown to be biofluorescent and is the first reptile recorded with this characteristic. It is unknown if this is derived from the turtle’s diet, which includes bioflu fluorescent organisms like the hard coral Physogyra lichtensteini. The World Conservation Union, primarily as a result of human fishing practices, classifies E. imbricATA as critically endangered. Two major subpopulations are known, in the Atlantic and Indo-Pacific. They live off the Brazilian coast through southern Florida and the waters off Virginia. They have a common nesting site in the Lesser Antilles, Barbados, Guadelpe, Tortuguero, and around the near Puerto Rico among the Yucatan. They also nest in the Philippines, including several island groups, south of the southwestern tips of the Korean Peninsula and south of New Zealand and the northern New Zealander. Their nesting sites are in the Boracacay archipelago including the island of Boracays, Boray, Borugay, and Boray Island, including northern Australia and the southern tip of the Philippines. The turtles can grow to 1 m in length, weighing around 80 kg on average.