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Hawksbill Turtle

Eretmochelys imbricata


The hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) is a critically endangered sea turtle belonging to the family Cheloniidae. The species has a worldwide distribution, with Atlantic and Pacific subspecies. The hawksbill's appearance is similar to that of other marine turtles. It has a generally flattened body shape, a protective carapace, and flipper-like arms, adapted for swimming in the open ocean. E. imbricata is easily distinguished from other sea turtles by its sharp, curving beak with prominent tomium, and the saw-like appearance of its shell margins. Hawksbill shells slightly change colors, depending on water temperature. While this turtle lives part of its life in the open ocean, it spends more time in shallow lagoons and coral reefs.

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

Hi anneastorga. Your spotting is featured in the new PN blog post via a link! Cheers

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 8 years ago

While this spotting is from the island of Lombok, it seems the software has mistakenly labeled this as Mataram, Bali. Mataram is a city on Lombok. Bali is the (large) island west of the spotting on the map.

anneastorga 9 years ago

Lol thanks

NeilDazet 9 years ago

Moved to Reptiles. :-)

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Mataram, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia

Spotted on Feb 21, 2013
Submitted on Feb 21, 2013

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