Species Spotlight: Hawksbill Turtle

Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) Grand Cayman, Caribbean, Atlantic Ocean

Questions and Answers

Where do hawksbill turtles get their name?
Hawksbill turtles are named for their narrow pointed beak.

Where do hawksbill turtles live?
Hawksbill turtles are found throughout the world’s tropical oceans, mostly in coral reefs.

What do hawksbills feed on?
They feed mainly on sponges by using their narrow pointed beaks to extract them from crevices on coral reefs, but also eat sea anemones and jellyfish.


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