Species Spotlight: Hawksbill Turtle

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

Questions and Answers

When do marine turtles come ashore?
Once mature, male turtles never leave the sea, but females come ashore to lay eggs – typically on the same sandy beach where they hatched.

Where are marine turtles found?
Marine turtles are found in most of the world’s oceans except for the cold polar seas and tend to spend their lives in relatively shallow continental shelf waters.

How does climate change affect marine turtles?
Climate change impacts nesting sites by altering sand temperatures, which affects the gender of hatchlings.

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