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  • English name
    Hawksbill Turtle
  • ClassificationTestudines, Cheloniidae
  • Scientific nameEretmochelys Imbricata

Hawksbill Turtle
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The Hawksbill Turtle is a sea turtle that have decreased in number due poaching for its beautiful shell. Now both import and export of the Hawksbill Turtle is prohibited. But there is another problem: the sandy beaches where it lays its eggs are disappearing. Hard times will continue for the Hawksbill Turtle.

Size & Weight (Adult)

Shell Size: 70-90cm
Weight: 30-70kg

(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)

Where they live

Hawksbill Turtles live in tropical oceans like the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean.

What they eat

Hawksbill Turtles eat sea sponges stuck to dead corals.

What they are like

Hawksbill Turtles are known for their sharp, pointed beak. Try comparing the Hawksbill Turtle to other sea turtles and you'll see.

Find out more about the Hawksbill Turtle!

Too many Hawksbill Turtles are captured for their shells
The Hawksbill Turtle is a sea turtle that decreased in number because it was hunted for its beautiful shell. The shell is used to make high cost products, like glasses frames, combs, brooches, and guitar picks. You can find the Hawksbill Turtle's shell in many kinds of products. Japan is the biggest consumer and importer of the Hawksbill Turtle's shells.

The Hawksbill Turtle's eggs for our food...
Now in Japan and many countries, both import and export of the Hawksbill Turtle is prohibited. But the demands for Hawksbill Turtle's eggs still remain high in the market and some countries won't stop capturing their eggs for eating. In addition, like any other sea turtles, the Hawksbill Turtle has fewer sandy beaches to lay eggs because of landfills. The Hawksbill Turtle's crises continue...

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