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Hawksbill Turtle

Eretmochelys imbricata

Description:

Hawksbill Turtle is is easily distinguished from other sea turtles by its sharp, curving beak with prominent tomium, and the saw-like appearance of its shell margins. They are listed as Critically Endangered. The awareness and protection extended to them allows their population to recover in certain locations. For this instance based on my personal experience diving in Anilao, Philippines in the last 13 years, I am seeing more Hawksbill Turtles during my dives and in more and different dive sites. Many new divers are not aware that Hawksbill Turtles are a protected species and that seeing them in their natural environment is a privilege, but as with most scuba divers, this gives the opportunity to bring awareness to them and their family.



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Batangas, Philippines

Lat: 13.73, Long: 120.88

Spotted on Jul 14, 2017
Submitted on Aug 24, 2017

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