Hawksbill Turtle

The Hawksbill is a small sea turtle known for its love of sponges. It is estimated that adult Hawksbills within the Caribbean consume on average 544 kg of sponges a year! Its hawk-like beak, from which it gets its common name, enables it to reach into holes and crevices to find sponges and small invertebrates. Its love of sponges means that the Hawksbill is never far from coral reefs, as well as being a frequent visitor to seagrass beds and shallow lagoons. It has two claws on each front flipper, which no other sea turtle species possesses. Males are more brightly coloured, have longer claws and have a thicker tail than females.

A close up of a hawksbill turles face
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