Hawksbill turtle

Hawksbill turtle

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata). This is among the smaller sea turtles, and rarely reaches a metre in length. It is primarily herbivorous, but it will feed on corals, sponges and carrion. It is found throughout the world in tropical and subtropical seas, preferring shallow, coastal waters. It breathes air, although it can stay underwater for long periods of time, especially when resting. The female comes ashore on a sandy beach to lay her eggs, and the new hatchlings must make their way to the water unaided. At all other times, sea turtles live in the sea. Photographed by Moorea Island, French Polynesia, in the Pacific Ocean.

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