Hawksbill turtle

Hawksbill turtle

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Caption: Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata) nesting on a beach. The turtle is a wholly aquatic reptile, with the females only coming ashore to lay their eggs. Between 100 and 180 eggs are laid in a pit dug in the sand with the turtle's flippers. The eggs hatch about 2 months later. The hawksbill is a small turtle, with its carapace reaching about 80 centimetres in length. It inhabits tropical coral reefs worldwide, feeding on sponges and other invertebrates. The loss of nesting beaches, due to development, and the effects of hunting and pollution have endangered the hawksbill turtle. Photographed in Pulau Gulisan, Sabah, Malaysia.

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