Hawksbill turtle feeding

Hawksbill turtle feeding

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Credit: GEORGETTE DOUWMA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) feeding on sponges amongst coral rubble. Two foxface rabbitfish (Siganus vulpinus) and a blue-faced angelfish (Pomacanthus xanthometopon) are waiting nearby to pounce on any small animals disturbed by the turtle. The hawksbill feeds mostly on sponges, although it will take sea anemones and other invertebrates. It inhabits tropical coral reefs worldwide. It is a small sea turtle, rarely exceeding a shell length of 80 centimetres. Increasing human use of its breeding beaches have led to a reduction in its numbers, and it is now endangered. Photographed in Malaysia.

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