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Tartaruga de Pente

Eretmochelys imbricata

Description:

The turtle-to-comb, also known as turtle-shell-of-wine, turtle and tortoise-true self, can weigh 150 pounds. One of its peculiarities is to have a beak-shaped mouth, allowing you to hunt between corals. Of all species of sea turtles, the comb is one of the most associated with tropical waters.

Habitat:

Tropical and subtropical seas, with worldwide distribution (Atlantic, Indian and Pacific). Young, is found throughout the northeast coast. But the northern coast of Bahia is the only place where there is still a significant number of them.This specimen was photographed in the aquarium Project TAMAR in Florianopolis

Notes:

Although this species is now protected by several environmental education programs, the turtle-a-comb was nearly extinct by overfishing, made ​​more because of his shell, so much used for making combs, rimmed glasses, cutlery and other artifacts. Is still critically endangered.

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2 Comments

angelog.ambiental
angelog.ambiental 6 years ago

Thanks!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 6 years ago

Grate photo!

Florianópolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil

Lat: -27.58, Long: -48.51

Spotted on Mar 5, 2012
Submitted on Mar 5, 2012

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