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Named for its sharp, pointed beak, the hawksbill feeds primarily on reef sponges, invertebrate organisms whose bodies contain tiny indigestible glass needles. The hawksbill has a beautiful, translucent shell, which has long been exploited for use in tortoiseshell jewelry. Though international trade of tortoiseshell has been prohibited, illegal trafficking continues.

Scientific name: 
Eretmochelys imbricata
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Distribution: 
  • Circumglobal
  • Nesting areas in tropics,
  • Non-nesting range is generally restricted to tropical regions, although during immature stages it extends to sub-tropical regions
Size: 
Adults

Length 75-90 cm
Mass up to 150 kg

Hatchlings

Length approximately 30 mm
Mass approximately 5 g

Diet: 

Large juveniles and adults predominantly eat sponges and other sessile invertebrates associated with coral reefs and rocky reefs

Reproduction: 
  • Reproduce every 2-4 years
  • Lay 2-5 clutches of eggs per season
  • Lay 120-200 eggs per clutch
  • Ping-pong ball size eggs with approximately 25-30
  • Incubation period is approximately 60 days long
Facts: 
  • Hawksbills are the only marine consumer whose diet predominantly comprises sponges, and thus play a major role in tropical, coral reef ecosystems
  • Hawksbills commonly nest within beach vegetation on secluded, low-energy beaches
  • Hawksbills in the Eastern Pacific are probably the most endangered sea turtle population in the world.