Today I want to write about one of prettiest species of turtle in the world, the hawksbill turtle.
Here are five interesting facts about them:
- These beautiful sea turtles grow up to 1 metre long and weigh up to 75 kg.
- They get their name from their sharp hooked beak which is used to catch and eat sponges, jellyfish, algae and even fish.
- They are very slow to mature and the females don’t start laying eggs until they are about 20 years old. They lay 100-140 eggs every few years and the babies swim out into the open ocean to look after themselves. It’s estimated that perhaps only 1 in 1000 baby hawksbill turtles makes it to maturity.
- Their shell has a very different pattern to other sea turtles, with an overlapping pattern that gives them a serrated look at the back.
- Hawksbill turtles are found in the warm waters of the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans around the world. Young turtles prefer open ocean, whilst older specimens can be found feeding in the shallower waters of coral reefs. Sadly they are considered critically endangered due to hunting for their beautiful shell, which is used to make jewellery and ornaments. There are strict laws in many countries now about hunting them, but due to their slow breeding, it will take a long time for their numbers to fully recover.
I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.
Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about hawksbill turtles?