Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandWith such few recordings, this species could be considered a vagrant in UK waters.
HabitatHawksbills use different habitats at different stages of their life cycle. Adults are usually not found in shallow marine habitats (unless coming ashore to nest), whereas small juveniles are rarely far from the shallowest coral reefs in tropical waters and therefore unlikely to be found in the British Isles.
- Up to a 1 m in length and weigh up to 80 kg.
- Carapace is amber streaked with reddish-brown, blackish-brown and yellow markings.
- Mouth is beak-shaped.
Additional informationPopulations of hawksbill are threatened with decline as a result of a number of factors, including loss of nesting sites, accidental entanglement in fishing line and the destruction of coral reefs which provide a feeding ground.
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Last Updated: 03/09/2007