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Hawksbill Turtle

Eretmochelys imbricata

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8 Comments

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 9 years ago

Thanks for the confirmation elime! Cheers :-)

elime
elime 9 years ago

Yep, I agree that it is a Hawksbill :).

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 9 years ago

Hi Laura. Thanks for the confirmation. The "serrated" edge does give a clue and hope I am right on this one. From additional readings now, a difference between the green and hawksbill can also be seen on the prefrontal scales between the eyes. Green turtles have a pair while the hawksbill has 2 pairs.

Actually there are about 3 turtles we regularly see in this dive site, this being the juvenile as it was about only 2 feet on length. The others are much bigger and one I am almost sure is another hawksbill judging from the scales between the eyes. Too bad I couldn't post the picture here since I did not take it. But will try to snap a photo of it on our next dives :-)

LauraMaria
LauraMaria 9 years ago

Eric, from your comment on your other spotting, I think you have got a hawksbill here :) The kind of "serrated" edge of the shell is a good sign! Nice pictures, I do love seeing turtles on dives!!

Eric Noora
Eric Noora 9 years ago

No Ann. Thanks for the link. Good to know there are new populations out there adapting :)

AnnvanWijgerden
AnnvanWijgerden 9 years ago
Eric Noora
Eric Noora 9 years ago

Thanks Sean. One of my favorites as well. A dive seems not complete without them. They have a calming effect on me. Looking forward to seeing them again this weekend and next weekend's dives, weather permitting. :-)

SeanWeekly
SeanWeekly 9 years ago

Beautiful picture as always Eric! Turtles are my favourite sea creatures. They are so majestic in the water.

Eric Noora
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Eric Noora

Batangas, Philippines

Spotted on May 22, 2011
Submitted on Aug 5, 2011

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