Eretmochelys imbricata (Linnaeus, 1766)
Hawksbill Turtle

The Hawksbills are relatively common around Kwajalein, possibly a bit less so than the Greens. Hawksbills are primarily carnivores. We have observed them eating sponges, jellyfish and gorgonians, and reports in the literature suggest they will go for crustaceans and fish as well.

Tiger sharks are known to prey upon sea turtles. It appears that the one below had a large, oval bite taken out of the rear of its shell. The bite probably got some of the flesh as well, but this turtle managed to escape and heal.

Created 21 February 2018

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