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Scientific Name: Eretmochelys imbricata.
U.S. - Listed as Endangered (in danger of extinction within the foreseeable
future) under the U.S. Federal Endangered Species Act.
Range: Most tropical of all sea turtles. Tropical and subtropical waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans.
Size: 30 to 36 inches in carapace length (76-91 cm).
Weight: 100 - 150 pounds (40-60 kg).
Characteristics: Head is narrow and has 2 pairs of prefrontal scales (scales in front of its eyes). Jaw is hawk-like and not serrated. Carapace is bony without ridges and has large, over-lapping scutes (scales) present and has 4 lateral scutes. Carapace is eliptical in shape. Flippers have 2 claws. The carapace is orange, brown or yellow and hatchlings are mostly brown with pale blotches on scutes.
Habitat: Typically found around coastal reefs, rocky areas, estuaries and lagoons.
Diet: The hawksbill's narrow head and jaws shaped like a beak allow it to get food from crevices in coral reefs. They eat sponges, anemones, squid and shrimp.
Nesting: Nest at intervals of 2, 3, or more years. Nests between 2 to 4 times per season. Lays an average 160 eggs in each nest. Eggs incubate for about 60 days.
Population Estimate*: 8,000 nesting females.
The Caribbean Conservation Corporation (CCC) is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 organization based in Florida with offices and projects in several other locations. CCC is the oldest and most accomplished sea turtle organization in the world! Since its founding in 1959, CCC’s work has greatly improved the survival outlook for several species of sea turtles. CCC is a world-renowned leader in sea turtle research and conservation; we thank you for joining us in our efforts!
CCC, founded by Dr. Archie Carr and others, has as its mission the protection of sea turtles and the habitats upon which they depend. To achieve its mission, CCC uses research, habitat protection, public education, community outreach, networking and advocacy as its basic tools. These tools are applied in both international and domestic programs focusing on geographic areas that are globally important to sea turtle survival.
Why Sea Turtles:
CCC has chosen sea turtles as the focus of its conservation
efforts in part because these ancient creatures are among the most important
indicators of the health of the world’s marine and coastal ecosystems.
CCC believes that whether sea turtles ultimately vanish from the planet
or whether they remain a wild and thriving part of the natural world,
will speak volumes about both the general health of the planet and the
ability of humans to sustainably coexist with the diversity of life on
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