The Hawksbill turtle has a few features that help distinguish it from other sea turtle species. The hawksbill has a beak-like mouth, a long neck andtwo visible claws on each of the front flippers. The brown area on the lower area of this turtle's shell is a build up of algae and seaweed and older turtles can be significantly covered by this growth. Mature hawksbills will grow to approximately 90 cm in length.
Turtles are air-breathing reptiles and will frequently surface whilst eating but can hold their breath for several hours with a lower level of activity, a resting turtle can remain underwater between breathes for over 4 hours.
Hawksbills are omnivorous but eat sponges as their preferred food but will also eat some types of jellyfish, squid and sea anemones with their long neck helping it to reach into crevices for their prey.
Turtle's can typically live for 30-50 years but the species has been threatened with extinction with Hawksbill shells being the primary source of tortoiseshell material which led to turtle hunting threatening them with extinction.
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species has now outlawed the capture and trade of hawksbill sea turtles and products derived from them and the future for turtles in future is hopefully looking brighter.
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