Hawksbill Sea Turtle

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Hawksbill Sea Turtle

Hawksbill Sea Turtle By:Felicity Mcneill

The Hawksbill Sea Turtle, being the most tropical sea turtle is naturally found in tropical oceans.They are also found in coastal reefs, lagoons and around rocky areas.

Hawksbill Sea Turtles are named after their pointed beaks. They have a distinctive pattern on their shells with overlapping scales that form a serrated looking edge. Hawksbill Sea Turtles have narrow heads with 4 prefrontal scales, which are scales between their eyes.They have four flippers just like a normal turtle but also have 3 claws on the end of them, as well. Hawksbills have scales all over their flippers and are very distinctive creatures.

Having a narrow head and a pointed beak, the Hawksbill Sea Turtle is able to reach food from inside crevices in coral reefs. Normally they eat sponges, sea anenomes, squid, shrimp and jellyfish except for when people like us decide that the world is our garbage bin, and throw our rubbish into the ocean, especially plastic bags becase they look like jellyfish in the water.

They nest in periods of 2-4 years, but nest 3-6 times every season. Hawksbill Sea Turtles lay an average of 160 eggs at a time, their eggs take about 60 days to incubate. Unluckily for these magnificent creatures a lot of the young ones get eaten, before they make it into the water. They are targeted by eagles and other birds as food.There are estimated to be around 20,000 and 23,000 laying females.

Over many years, many creatures have been killed illeagally for a specific part of them, maybe for making medicines or to get rich quick. A great threat to this creature is poaching, people kill these beautiful creatures for their most destinct feature, their shell! Poaching isn't the only threat to this creature, other threats are: getting caught in litter or fishing line, coastal development, illegal trade of turtle flesh, eggs and shells, and ocean pollution for e.g oil spills. Another great threat to Hawksbill Sea Turtle which is not in our control, is global warming.

Habitat

Appearance

Diet

Nesting

Threats

LITTERING KILLS!!

Hawksbill Sea Turtle

There's still hope

Sites used:Sea Turtle ConservancyWWF


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