Welcome to the honu sea turtle spotlight!
We know our honu crew are crazy about all things turtles & wanted to share some of the knowledge we have on all 7 species of turtles. So this month we thought we would begin with the Hawksbill Turtle.
Hawksbills are one of the smaller sea turtles with adults reaching around 2.5 - 3 feet in size, weighing between 100 and 155 lbs. They were named for their narrow, pointed beak & have a distinctive pattern of overlapping scales on their shells that form a serrated-look on the edges.
Hawksbills are found mainly in tropical oceans & often around coral reefs. They eat a combination of sponges, sea anemones, squid and jellyfish, but sponges are their primary source of food. They use their narrow pointed beaks to extract them from crevices on the reef.
The Hawksbill turtles nest at intervals of 2 to 4 years and lays an average 160 eggs in each nest.
Hawksbill turtles were listed as Critically Endangered in 1973 by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Their biggest threat is due to their beautifully patterned shells which make them highly-valuable and commonly sold as "tortoise shell" in markets. In some countries the shell is still used to make hair ornaments, jewellery, and other decorative items. :-(
Their population is estimated as between 20,000 and 23,000 nesting females, but we are supporting to help save these through the work that our partners at The Sea Turtle Conservancy do in Costa Rica. And with every item bought contributing towards our donations to save the sea turtles, you too are helping out!
Have you ever seen a Hawksbill Turtle? What is your favourite turtle? Comment below...
Never seen in the wild but they are one of my favorite!